By: Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
Kogi State Government said it will soon to establish a unity secondary school in each of the three senatorial districts of the state to enhance educational development and build a more cohesive and enlightened society.
The Director-General, Bureau of Information Services and Grassroots Sensitization, Mr. Abdulkarim Abdulmalik disclosed this in an interview with journalists at Ihima, Okehi Local government area of the state.
Abdulmalik told newsmen at the Grand Finale of the Ihima Students Union (ISU), 2017 Spelling Bee Quiz and Debate Competition described education as the nexus that connects all sectors of the economy.
He explained that government of Alhaji Yahaya Bello had decided to raise the standard of education in the state and would not play politics with educational development.
“This government is not going to play politics with the education development of the state. Education tops the five thematic areas of the administration because it is the nexus that connects all the other sectors”, he said.
The Director-General noted that of late, students only pass through educational institutions without the education going through them and this, according to him, has resulted in decadence and collapse of the educational system.
He said that education topped the five thematic areas of the administration of Governor Yahaya Bello adding that the governor bought into the idea of the unity schools to further promote the unity of the people.
“Government has come up with a novel idea to establish a unity school in each of the three senatorial districts to encourage unity of the people irrespective of their religious or ethnic backgrounds.
“The problem here is that when a child goes to primary school in front of his father’s house, does his secondary education in same area and his tertiary education probably at the state headquarters, his exposure to the outside world would be limited.
“Religious and tribal sentiments are rife in the state and country, because many of the students were never exposed as their educational pursuits were all done within same locality”, he said, adding that it was in view of this that the Unity Schools were considered most appropriate.
He also urged parents and guardians to accord female-child education topmost attention saying, “Train your female child very well because apart from educating the nation, it is your insurance for old age.”
Abdulmalik urged all Kogi indigenes to support the present administration for enhanced development of the state and for dividends of democracy to accrue to them.