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Kogi’s Gov., Bello pledges 30% budgetary allocation to education sector



Kogi’s Gov., Bello pledges 30% budgetary allocation to education sector

By Lizzy Okoji

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi has pledged a 30% allocation to the education sector in the 2022 state budget.

This shows a 10% increase over the 20% currently allocated in 2021.

Mr. Onogwu Muhammed, Bello’s chief press officer, revealed this in a statement released in Lokoja on Sunday.

According to Muhammed, the governor made this promise during the grand finale of the Pharmacist Abdulkareem Asuku Youth Empowerment Foundation (PAAYEF) quiz and inter-school debate competition held at Government House.

Governor Yahaya Bello surrounded by the winners of the PAAYEF interschool quiz competition in Lokoja

The governor also assured that the welfare of teachers would continue to be a priority for his administration.

“My government’s focus will not only be on growing infrastructure in the sector, but also on prioritizing the well-being of teachers in order to give more weight to public schools over their private counterparts.

“We will ensure that it is illegal for any student in the state not to go to school.

“We will also ensure that Kogi emerges first in upcoming West Africa Review Board performance reviews through deliberate investment in the sector,” Bello said.

Bello also said the state is making efforts to ensure a safe and secure Kogi, as no children will be abducted by a criminal under their supervision.

The governor added that it was only when the state was safe and secure that students could attend school.

He expressed concern about the country’s current dysfunctional education system and said Kogi had integrated technical and special education into his school curricula to address the issue.

He cited the Korea Institute of State Polytechnic and the brand new Confluence University of Science and Technology, Osara, among the achievements already made in this regard.

Bello used the medium to challenge government appointees and well-meaning people in the state to invest in human capital development, especially in efforts that would add value and impact people. younger generations.

In his remarks at the grand finale, Mr. Asuku, founder of PAAYEF noted that he was fully supported by the governor who gave the platform and encouragement for him and many others to engage in humanitarian companies.

Asuku, who is also the governor’s chief of staff, praised the performances of various public schools in the Spelling Bee competition and the written essay.

He said their brilliant performance indicates that the state’s public schools have broad tendencies to excel and already shows the huge investments of the administration led by Governor Bello.

Asuku expressed his continued commitment to contribute to the lives of young people and young people in society.

The winners of the Writing Contest, Spelling Bees and Debate were awarded scholarships, school supplies and cash donations

Ester Itopa from Harmony High School won the Spelling Bee competition, while Tijani Sadiq from Demonstration Standard College and Musa Abdullahi from Okene Public High School led the writing competition.

The others who led the writing competitions were Sanni Abdulazeez and Seidu Adavuruku, both from Ebira Community High School, Ogamia and Aboh Ojochegbe from St Peter’s College, Idah.

In the debate contest, St. Augustine High School in Kogi West emerged as the winner over Ebira Community High School, Ogamia, in Kogi Central.

Source: NAN

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