Lagos state government has earmarked N6 billion for the construction and rehabilitation of public schools across the state. The money will be used to build and equip around 4,000 new classrooms and improve facilities for existing ones, as well as to train new and existing teachers.

The announcement comes as the authorities try to defend a recent decision to close illegal or substandard private nursery, primary and secondary schools on the grounds that they did not meet minimum standards of teaching and facilities.

The closure has affected about 300 schools according to an editorial in the Nigerian newspaper