The enrolment of pupils in public schools of Kwara State has increased by 43% in 2022, according to a data released by the education authorities in the state.
Fidel Info reports that the rapid increase has been attributed to Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s major investments in basic education and reform policies in the last three years, especially the KwaraLEARN programme.
KwaraLEARN which currently operates in four local government areas in its Phase 1 has revved up the enrolment of pupils in public schools.
The local government areas include Ilorin West, Ilorin East, Baruten and Offa.
Parents and guardians in the state now have confidence in public schools, as they withdraw their children from private schools to public schools in Kwara.
Governor AbdulRazaq had in 2019 when he assumed office paid the outstanding debt of the diverted UBEC funds and the years-long backlogs running into billions of naira, qualifying the state to get educational grant from the federal agency.
Under the Governor, more than 600 public schools have been renovated and given facelift out of the over 2000 estimated to be in decrepit conditions across the state.
The Governor has also prioritised the payment of teachers’ salary and their welfare packages, unlike in the past where they were owed several years of salary. This move has ensured motivation and made the job attractive.
KwaraLEARN is an initiative of Governor AbdulRazaq to make the state’s public education compete favourably with global standard.
KwaraLEARN has improved the quality of teaching instructions with the use of technology and automated solutions in government-owned schools.
Under the programme, teachers have been given gadgets to aid their teaching. The KwaraLEARN initiative has contributed to the enrolment of pupils in Kwara public schools.
Meanwhile, the government is building digital literacy centres across different schools of the state, while also investing heavily in revitalising the laboratory system by equipping school labs with quality equipment.
Governor AbdulRazaq also directed a teachers’ recruitment process that was thorough and devoid of partisan sentiments.
This has thrown up best hands to impart the pupils in public schools, as they were also trained and retrained.
The investments of Governor AbdulRazaq is yielding fruits as parents have started developing confidence in the public school system which they have long run away from.
Various stakeholders, including in the executive and legislative arms of the federal government, have at different times lauded Governor AbdulRazaq’s investments in public education, which they described as a breakaway from the past which left the sector in ruins.
Kwara Govt Approves Scholarship For Nigerian Law Students
Kwara State Government has approved scholarship for Kwara Students in Nigerian Law accross the Country.
Fidel Info reports that the Commissioner for Tertiary Education Dr Alabi Afees Abolore made this known today in ilorin,while Congratulating the Law School Graduands on their Call-to-Bar Ceremony at the instance of His Excellency Mallam Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq and the Government of Kwara State.
Dr Abolore reiterated the AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq led Administration’s high level Commitment at ensuring Students welfare are treated with priority attention. This is coming while disbursement of the bursary to kwara state students is also ongoing.
He Congratulated the Graduands on their achievements and charged them to be good ambassadors of the State at various levels
Dr Abolore assured that the Ministry in collaboration with the State Scholarship board would take swift action to ensure that disbursement is offered to the beneficiaries anytime soon
FG Has Recovered Over N120B From Crime Proceeds
Since the Bill on Proceeds of Crime Recovery Management was signed into law earlier this year by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian government claims to have recovered at least N120 billion as proceeds from criminal financial transactions.
Fidel Info reports that In Abuja on Wednesday, when the Environment Minister delivered the ministry’s scorecard for the Buhari administration, the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the revelation during a press conference.
Mohammed said, “I have an update on the Proceeds of Crime (Recovery and Management) Act (POCA), 2022. In line with the new law, all relevant government agencies have now opened ‘A confiscated and Forfeiture Properties Account with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
“I can confirm that the Federal Government has realized over 120 billion Naira, among other currencies, from POCA.
“This money will be used to fund the completion of ongoing critical infrastructure projects in the country like the Second Niger Bridge as well as the Lagos-Ibadan and Abuja-Kano Expressways. We will continue to update you on this,” the Information Minister said.
Gov Adeleke Assures Citizens Continuity Of Predecessor’s Projects
Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State, yesterday, promised not to abandon his predecessor’s ongoing projects since government is a continuum.
Fidel Info reports that A statement by the spokesperson to the Speaker, Kunle Alabi, stated that the governor was at the Osun State House of Assembly, yesterday, to seek the lawmakers’ cooperation for an Executive-Legislative relationship.
The statement reads: “Now that election is over, I want everyone to join me to move the state forward, the government cannot do it alone. For we do have an enviable state, everyone must be ready to play their part for the state to move forward.
“I promise that my administration would not cheat anyone, it will be an all-inclusive government where everybody will be happy and peace will reign supremely in the state.”
Earlier in his address, Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Timothy Owoeye held that the Assembly will do everything to support the government saying they may only disagree with the executive based on facts of the law and not sentiments.
The Speaker said: “You and your team have the utmost task of strengthening the Executive-Legislative relationship; it is most important considering the differences in the ideology of our political parties. We must also allow the rule of law to guide our actions, behaviour and activities during this period.
“On a personal note, I want to beseech you to surround yourself with men of valour, value and honour, who will give the best advice that will advance the lives of our people. Your activities and that of your team must at all times be in tandem with the principle of separation of powers and mutual respect for each arm of government.
“Mr Governor, I am happy that you have at some point served in this arm as a distinguished senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This enormous task of acting right and staying on that path lies with the legislative arm and we as the accredited representatives of our people have sworn to continue on this path.”
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