The Federal Ministry of Education says contrary to online media reports, it spent N6m in building a block of eight VIP toilets in Unity schools in riverine areas in the country and not N50m that has been reported.
A statement released by the Deputy Director, Press in the Ministry, Ben Bem Goong, states that another N40 million was budgeted for the construction of six toilets in Unity schools in upland areas.
According to Goong, VIP toilet means pit toilet with improved ventilation, incorporating features to enhance sanitation and health, and not luxury toilets. According to the statement, the N50m and N40m quoted as costs in a recent report was for three projects depending on location which included
“VIP toilets and bathrooms in hostels and classroom areas, provision of modern kitchen and renovation of dining halls and borehole and reticulation of water.” He added that the construction project is meant for all 104 Unity schools across the country.