The Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, as part of demonstration of actualizing his dream of overhauling the education sector in the state for betterment of the future generation, has flagged off the construction of modern primary education facilities across the 21 Local Government Areas.
Performing the flag-off ceremony at St. Lukes Model Primary School, Adankolo, in Lokoja Local Government Area, the Governor said the project was intended to further enhance the capacity of public schools in the state.
He said his administration would construct at least 240 blocks of two classrooms each in 80 Primary Schools across the 21 Local Government Area of Kogi State, adding that each of them would be equipped with modern learning facilities and round-the-clock solar electricity.
The Governor, who said the project was another of his administration’s initiatives for improving physical infrastructure and learning resources at the basic education level, and lamented the situation where parents can no longer afford to send their children to public schools.
While further describing the project as a composite initiative designed to improve teaching and learning situation at Primary School level in the state, Governor Bello envisioned that it would address the level of malaise being faced at that level of education.
In his view, education provides solutions for society, hence the appropriateness of the project in tackling the decays being faced in the sector.
In his words; “Beyond our business here today (project commissioning), we want it to be known that education, and Basic Education in particular, will continue to be a priority with this administration. We have resolved to reverse the past neglect of this important sector and we promise to put in all the resources we can, to see it develop across all cadres”, he said emphatically.
“I cannot repeat it loud enough that the future of our children and youth is no longer for sale,” he continued, and called on relevant stakeholders to assist his administration so as achieve his onerous objective of taking the state to its pride of place in the country educationally.
Earlier in an address, the Chairperson, Kogi State Basic Education Board, Mrs. Deborah Osatimehin lauded the Governor for the project, and said it would no doubt serve as a breath of fresh air to Primary education in the state.
According to her, the project was a demonstration of the Governor’s commitment towards marching his words with action, in view of the importance he has placed on the sector, which comes first in the administration’s identified thematic areas.
She said the project would assist in addressing the problem of illiteracy, which is the direct cause of other vices such as poverty, crime and others in the society.
Also, a Primary School pupil, who presented a speech, Umuhani Mohammed Sanusi, applauded the Governor for given priority education and security, and appealed to him to also give attention to the welfare of their teachers.