Wednesday, October 15, 2014 7:31 pm
Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed, has restated the readiness of government to hand over grant aided schools to proprietors who expressed the desire to wholly run the schools.
Ahmed made this known on Wednesday during an interaction with stakeholders in the education sector drawn from faith and community based schools in the state.
He also said that government was ready to fully take over schools whose owners were willing to hand them over to the government.
Ahmed said that government had sent the enabling bill to the State House of Assembly for appropriate legal backing for the new education policy.
The governor assured stakeholders that government would pursue every opportunity to guarantee that every child would have access to quality education for the greater good of the society.
He said the new policy would be guided by transparency, collective responsibility and focus on the future of the Kwara child.
“If we want a brighter future for our children and the nation to compete favourably in the international community, we must be concerned about the quality of education we deliver to the future leaders,” Ahmed said.
He said that government would ensure equity, justice and fairness to make quality education accessible to Kwara children.
Ahmed told the stakeholders that it was imperative for government to review the concept of grant aiding faith and community based schools in compliance with modern realities.
“Every stakeholder in all sectors of the society must comply with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which guarantees freedom of worship for all and sundry.
“This is the way we can continue to live in peace,” he said.
The Emir of Shonga, Dr Haliru Yahaya, commended the state government for initiating the session between government and stakeholders in the education sector.
Yahaya said that through dialogue, much would be achieved in sustaining peace in the state, adding that rumour should not be allowed to foster.