By: Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
As part of efforts to revive the lost glory in primary school education,Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has flagged off the construction of 240 blocks of two classrooms each in 80 selected primary schools across the 21 local government areas of the state under the GYB model primary schools programme.
While speaking at ground breaking ceremony of GYB model primary school at St. Luke primary school , Adankolo in Lokoja the state capital , governor Bello said the project was designed to quickly improve educational infrastructure for the poor and most vulnerable children across the state whose parents can not afford private schools .
Bello lamented that private schools have made it exclusive for those who could afford to send their children to school.
His words, “It is sad that the public education system in Nigeria has now become almost exclusively for children whose parents can not afford to send them to private schools. Private schools are necessary , but they should mainly fill gaps in the educational needs of society , not become the preferred choice as in Nigeria today”
The governor who explaimed that the higher level of decay as a result of neglect of basic education by previous administrations made him to initiate the GYB model primary schools projects, srating in his inaugural address on the 27th January , 2016 he promised that his administration would overhaul our educational system.
” The project is intended to further enhanced the capacity of our public schools to deploy solutions for our society,” He stated.
Earlier in her temarks , the Chairman of State Universal Education Board (SUBEB) Mrs Deborah Osetimehin stressed that education is the only legacy any responsible government can offered to the society .
Osetimehin noted that governor Bello’s quest to revamp education particularly the basic education made his administration to take the sector top most in the five thematic area of the new direction blueprint of the present government.
According to her, “The 240 block of classrooms will go along with solar power that will make the schools the best in the country”
The SUBEB Chairman who said the governor has been making conscious effort to wipe out illiteracy in the state , pointed out that the project will remove the burden of heavy school fees on parents .
Also speaking the Administrator of Ijumu Local Government Area, Hon. Taufiq Isah appealed to the people of the state to always embrace the laudable projects initiated by the governor, saying the education project will go a long way in benefiting children yet unborn.