Kwara schools to resume January 18 as Gov AbdulRazaq commends, refunds women who built schools with own funds - NATIONAL TRUMPET


Friday, January 15, 2021

Kwara schools to resume January 18 as Gov AbdulRazaq commends, refunds women who built schools with own funds

The Kwara State Government has announced 18th January, 2021 as the beginning of second term academic session for primary and secondary schools in the state.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, made this known during the Education Stakeholders meeting held at the Ministry’s Headquarters on Thursday.

According to her, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has approved 18th January, 2021 as the official commencement date of 2020/2021 second term academic session in the state.

She further reminded them that safety guidelines of Covid-19 should be strictly adhered to in all schools in the state. 

In her words, "nobody should enter the school premises without a facemask. Any school that does not comply with NCDC and Federal Ministry of Education guidelines will face appropriate sanctions".

She reiterated the commitment of the present administration in the state to flattening the curve of Covid-19 transmission in the state.

In his remarks, the  Chairman Nigeria Union of Teachers, Chief Olu Adewara,who spoke on behalf of stakeholders, appreciated the Governor for being proactive in decision making,  especially on educational development in the state. He  assured that they will abide by the rules and regulations of Covid-19.
The meeting was well attended by stakeholders in the education sector and management of the Ministry.
Meanwhile, Kwara state Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Thursday visited the Nomadic LGEA Nursery and Primary School, Agindigbi, and St. Luke LGEA Primary School, Onila, near Agbamu, Irepodun local government, where he refunded the money so far spent on the ongoing construction of their communities’ schools,
The visit came barely two days after a BBC documentary in which 25 women said they were keeping a fraction of their share of the federal government’s conditional cash transfer since 2017 to build a school for their community.
The governor had asked the women in the two communities how much they had spent on the education facilities. He gave the two communities N500,000 each as a refund to the women, which is above what they had each spent.

"We are returning the money expended by these women who were instrumental to the construction of existing structures in the two schools," AbdulRazaq announced during his visit to the communities on Thursday. 

"We are in these communities to ensure that these facilities are completed. We will also expand the school to ensure that the 60 pupils sharing a classroom becomes a thing of the past. 

"I am very happy that the women have shown a lot of responsibility. It further shows that President Muhammadu Buhari is working. People seem to forget where we are coming from; the state of things when he took over and the challenges he met.

"President Muhammadu Buhari set up the Social Investment Programme as a social safety net which trickles down to villages like these (Agindigbi and Onila communities). These villages have taken responsibility, rather than keeping the money for themselves alone, they used it for the benefit of the communities. 

"Yes, government all over is having challenges in the area of education (infrastructure). But our administration is investing in education infrastructure. We are also recruiting the right teachers to ensure quality teaching. We are employing about 5000 teachers in the recruitment exercise going on.”

AbdulRazaq also promised to intervene in the provision of potable water, electricity and other amenities in the two communities. 

The Village Head of Agindigbi Agbamu Alhaji Okanlawon Adam commended the governor for his interest in ensuring quality education for the children, describing the visit as the first in the history of the community. 

"Women in this community contributed to build this. We need the support of the state government to build more classrooms and provide other amenities,” Adam said.

Motunrayo Sulaiman, one of the beneficiaries of the Federal government’s conditional cash transfer programme, said the women benefitting from the scheme in the community decided to contribute N2500 each from their monthly stipends to construct classrooms in the area. 

"Your Excellency, we solicit your efforts to fix this school and provide teachers to guarantee the future of our children,” she said.

At St Luke LGEA Primary School, Onila, the only teacher in the school Mathew Ibiyeye said the structure which is at window level is being constructed by women within the community from their monthly conditional cash transfer of the federal government. 

"The women contributed money to build up till this level and they do not have capacity to continue. We want the state government to continue the remaining construction. We have brilliant pupils and we want you to assist this community for the benefit of children. At the moment, we have 60 pupils,” she said.
A youth leader, Abolaji Sunday, also lamented the neglect of the community over the years and commended Governor AbdulRazaq for the visit and his interest to develop the hinterlands. 
Rafiu Ajakaye
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor 
January 14, 2021

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