The Kwara state government has declared free education in public schools. The Commissioner for Education, Science and Human Capital Development in the state, Alhaji Muhammed Raji disclosed that the state governor, Alahaji Abdulfatai Ahmed had approved provision of funds to aid free education in both primary and secondary schools in the state for the year 2012.
Alhaji Raji added that the state government had started collecting data from all the schools on the total population of its pupils. He further restated the determination of the state government to ensure quality education as it had concluded arrangement to pay for 2012 NECO fees of secondary school students who had credit in Mathematic, English Language and other relevant subjects during their mock examination.
He said “The administration of Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed was committed to ensure that no parent pays to educate their wards from the primary and secondary schools except those in Junior Secondary School (JSS3) that are preparing for junior West Africa Examination Council (WAEC).
In another development, the State Government has said that it will continue to upgrade deplorable Federal Roads in the State to enhance economic activities in the State. The State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Dr. Abubakar Amuda Kannike gave the assurance at the formal handover of the reconstructed Ohan Bailey Bridge along Ilorin-Igbeti Road to the State Government.
Dr. Kannike said the bridge constructed 40 years ago by the Nigerian Army Engineers collapsed in 2009 which caused untold hardship to thousands of people who ply the road daily. The bridge which link Ilorin, the Kwara State Capital with the Northern part of Oyo North was reconstructed with about N42.5million.
The State Government commended the Engineers of the Nigerian Army for the prompt completion of the project.