By Stephen Adeleye.
A non-governmental organization (NGO) in the education sector in Kogi State has started the donation of thousands of notebooks and school bags to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, which will be distributed to schools of State.
Speaking during the delivery of materials to his office in Lokoja on Friday, the Ministry Commissioner, Hon. Wemi Jones, thanked the donor, who preferred to remain anonymous, for responding to the state government’s call to boost the education sector in the state.
Jones noted that the School Adoption and Mentoring Program has been a huge success across the state, while appreciating Governor Yahaya Bello for his commitment to revamping the education sector in the state.
According to him, the school adoption and mentoring program is an initiative of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Kogi State, which has gone through all levels of approval, including that of the State Executive Council (SEC).
Jones noted that the intention was to get all major stakeholders in Kogi State to give back to the education system in the state, which includes: public office holders at the federal state and state levels local government.
The others are: traditional leaders, religious leaders, entrepreneurs, senior government officials, community leaders, trade union leaders, alumni associations, civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations, among others.
“The intention is for all targeted stakeholders to return to schools, especially secondary schools of their choice, to teach students and also give them motivational speeches, their true stories and stories of historical heroes, among others. .
He stressed that he would also see how they could intervene to solve one problem or the other at school, saying: “It is difficult to find someone who is someone today who is not gone through one form of education system or the other.
“We have to change the psyche of these children, address society and do things that will change their mentality badly.
“Morality is at rock bottom, but the truth is that when a successful adult outside of teachers and parents talks to these kids, the trend they may want to listen to is there.
“We want our leaders, our stakeholders to come and share their past, their stories and their experiences with these children,” he reiterated.
Jones added that the state government also wants to reduce the number of school leavers who are converted to hoodlums and cultists, saying this could be achieved by continuously talking to children.
“After the program launched, we contacted a number of people by mail and I’m glad the response was great.
“When we designed this program, I never imagined that we would achieve this level of positive feedback.
“As I speak to you, someone who does not want his name mentioned has pledged to produce notebooks and schoolbags by the tens of thousands, and God willing as soon as school resumes for the third quarter, we are going to begin distribution of materials as specified by the donor,” Jones said.
He added that some alumni associations have also contacted him to tell him of their intention to return to their alma mata to carry out many intervention projects to complement the government’s efforts in infrastructure development.
He pointed out that the government of Alhaji Yahaya Bello has committed huge sums of money for the renovation and reorganization of school structures in the 21 local government areas of the state.
“I also received various calls and comments from people who told me that they would like to be part of it.
“I thanked the various stakeholders in Kogi State for their interest in the project as anyone interested in education is definitely passionate about the future of our beloved state.
“I can tell you that of all the programs I have run as Commissioner that have been fully supported by His Excellency, this is the program that has received the most praise and patronage,” he said. -he declares.
The Commissioner thanked His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello, for his strong support and commitment to revamping and developing education in the state.
He further called on all stakeholders to ensure full participation in the program as well as contribute their own quota with the aim of revamping and developing education in the state for the future.
“It is a journey that we will undertake together, and we expect even subsequent governments to incorporate it into our system in Kogi State,” he said.