Kogi State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology Mr Wemi Jones has commended the founder of Sea Care Foundation for keying into Governor Yahaya Bello’s agenda aimed at uplifting the educational sector in the State.
The commissioner also called on influential people in the state to invest in education in order to complement the State Government’s effort in taking the sector to the next level of development.
The Commissioner made the call in Lokoja on Monday during the official flag-off of distribution of exercise books and pens to both public and private schools in six local government areas of the State funded by Sea Care Foundation.
According to him, when investments are made in education , the future of children are guaranteed , saying such investment has its reward beyond this world.
“Investing in our children is an investment that has its reward beyond this world. I am praying that God Almighty will replenish the pocket from where the funds of the project was sourced.
“Governor Bello had shown sufficient passion and commitment in education. 20 per cent of the state income annually goes to education which was why a lot of development is happening in the sector since he came on board as the Executive Governor of the state” he said
He noted that that Kogi State Government has fully enacted education law , saying by the law no school age children are allowed to hawk during school hours.
He added that the law also prohibits the operation of private schools in the state without registration with the ministry of education.
The Commissioner for health Dr Saka Haruna in his message of appreciation commended the Chairman of the foundation, Abdulrahim Sani for investing in education, noting that the choice of the sector was timely .
In his welcome address the Chairman of the organising committee Al-Amin Ogejah said the distribution of 50,000 exercise and 15,000 pens was to complement the effort of the state governor in uplifting basic education in the state.
He noted that the first phase of the distribution will cover both public and private schools in Ajaokuta, Okehi, Adavi , Lokoja, Ogori-Magongo and Okene local government areas of the state while the second phase of the programme will take care of the eastern senatorial district of Kogi State.
While calling on well meaning individuals and corporate organisations in the State to contribute to education, the organizing committee Chairman , said the foundation will in due course invest in agriculture, health, youth and women empowernment to better the lives of the people at the grassroots.
“This gesture is to complement the effort of Governor Yahaya Bello in education and it is our widow’s might to raise the hope of the less privilege in the society since our mission is to touch life positively in the State.
The Ohi of Eganyi and Chairman Ajaokuta traditional council HRH Alhaji Musa Ochuja in his goodwill message , described education as one of the sector that can easily affect development of any nation, appealing to well meaning sons and daughters of the state to contribute their quota to the development of basic education.
He also applauded the commitment of the Chairman of Sea Care Foundation for contributing immensely towards the development of education in Kogi State.
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