…Reiterates commitment to free education, Zero Out-of-School Policy
By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja.
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has approved the immediate release of N497 million for payment of the 2023 WAEC examination fees for 15,033 final year students in the state’s public secondary schools.
According to a statement signed by Onogwu Muhammed, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor on Saturday in Lokoja, the release is part of efforts of the state government for further improvement in the state’s educational system.
Onogwu said the release and directive for disbursement was also in realisation of Governor Bello administration’s recent pledge to provide free education from primary to secondary school level at public schools in the state.
This, he said, underscored the government’s unwavering commitment to implementation of the “Zero Out-of-School Policy” in the state.
“This resolute step reflects the administration’s dedication to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to access quality education, regardless of their socio-economics status.
“It aims to empower students to undertake crucial examinations without imposing any financial burden on their parents or guardians.
“Furthermore, the Governor recently emphasised that his administration would penalise parents who fail to enroll their children in school under his leadership.
“This comprehensive approach to education underscores the state’s commitment to not only increasing access to education but also ensuring active participation”, he said.
Onogwu noted that among the benefitting schools, Dekina has the highest number of students, with 1,867 beneficiaries followed by Lokoja Local Government Area, which has 1,569 students and Okene, 1,345 students.
“In total, this noble initiative will benefit a substantial 15,033 students from across the state, fostering a brighter educational future for the youth of Kogi State”, Onogwu further explained.