In a significant stride towards enhancing the educational system in Kogi State, Governor Yahaya Bello has given his approval for the immediate disbursement of N497 million.
This substantial amount will be utilized for the payment of the 2023 WAEC examination fees for students enrolled in public schools across the state.
This disbursement not only fulfills the administration’s recent commitment to providing free education from primary to secondary school levels within Kogi State’s public schools but also highlights the government’s unwavering dedication to implementing the “Zero Out-of-School Policy” in the region.
A statement released on Saturday, signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Muhammed Onogwu, emphasized the administration’s resolute stance on ensuring that every child has equal access to quality education, regardless of their socioeconomic background. The primary objective is to empower students to undertake crucial examinations without imposing any financial burden on their parents or guardians.
Furthermore, Governor Bello has recently emphasized that his administration will take strict action against parents who fail to enroll their children in school under his leadership. This comprehensive approach to education not only emphasizes the state’s commitment to increasing access to education but also ensures active participation.
Among the schools that will directly benefit from this initiative, Dekina boasts the highest number of students, with 1,867 beneficiaries, followed by Lokoja Local Government Area with 1,569 students and Okene with 1,345 students.
In total, this noble initiative will benefit a substantial number of 15,033 students, paving the way for a brighter educational future for the youth of Kogi State.