By Tunbosun Ogundare | Lagos
The Lagos State government has reaffirmed its commitment to infrastructural development of public schools by making their environment more habitable and conducive for teaching and learning.
It also promised to build more schools, particularly in the rural and riverine communities, so the residents could gain access to quality education enjoyed in urban centres.
The state Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, gave the assurance during a site inspection tour of some school projects in Epe, facilitated by a federal lawmaker representing Epe federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr Wale Raji.
This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen by the Head of Public Affairs Unit of the ministry, Mr Kayode Abayomi.
According him, the projects totalling about 12 in different schools on the Epe axis, comprised blocks of classrooms, furniture, modern toilets, dormitory and information communication technology (ICT) centre.
Speaking further, the commissioner said the state government was making frantic efforts to put its schools in good shape in terms of buildings, classrooms and staffrooms, furniture and teachers.
She harped on the necessity to give quality education to the younger generation to prepare them for economic independence, as well as responsible life in the future.
She commended the lawmaker for his contribution to the education sector in the state, saying the projects would boost students’ learning outcome.
While asking for more support, she called on other stakeholders to support the state government in the revitalisation process of the sector.
Speaking at the event, Mr Raji echoed the imperativeness in giving quality education to children and the youths to adequately equip them to become societal problem-solvers, now and most importantly in the future.
He urged other stakeholders to support and collaborate with the state government towards making Lagos a smart city.
Bandits: Our Children Are Scared Of Going To School – Northern Elders.
NEF Director of Publicity and Advocacy, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, in a statement yesterday, called on northern governors to devise means to address the problems.
Baba-Ahmed, added that government should decisively deal with bandits who have refused to jittison kidnappings and killings despite enough to rehabilitate them.
“Northern Elders Forum shares the profound shock and outrage of Nigerians at the spate of kidnappings of boarding school children in different parts of the North.
“The latest reported kidnapping of more than hundreds of female students in Zamfara State follows the abduction of student of GSC, Kagara, Niger State.
“Apart from the likelihood of similar abductions re-occurring as bandits engage in copy cat crimes in a region that is basically unprotected, these abductions will severely damage the poor state of education in the North, particularly girl-child education.
“It has become painfully obvious that the Federal Government is unable to muster the will or the capacity to limit exposure of Nigerians to violent criminals.
Repentant Bandit Get Free Education In Zamfara
The Zamfara State Government has promised to give the mastermind of the abduction of over 300 schoolboys in Kankara, Katsina State, Auwal Daudawa, free education.
According to Zailani Bappa, Special Adviser on Media and Communications to Governor Bello Matawalle, the gesture is part of the state government’s amnesty for bandits initiative.
He said, “They (repentant bandits) are living with us in the towns. As a matter of fact, you know the leader of the gang that kidnapped the Kankara schoolboys, Awwalun Daudawa, came and submitted himself to the Zamfara State government.
“All his boys also surrendered themselves and their weapons. He is with us and said he wants to go back to school. The state government will assist him in his education. This is what amnesty for repentant bandits can achieve.”
Kwara Approves Wearing Of Hijab In Public Schools
Position of Kwara State Government on the Hijaab Question in Public Schools
Sequel to recent developments in our state over the status of the hijaab in public/grant-aided schools, the state government has consulted widely with thought leaders and leaders of both Muslim and Christian communities with a view to clarifying issues and reaching a consensus. The last of such meetings was held on Wednesday February 24, presided by His Excellency Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.
At least 10 schools of interest were earlier shut down to maintain peace and public order as well as prevent mischief makers from taking undue advantage of the development.
The state government has considered submissions of all major interest groups on the matter. It has also thoroughly considered the education law of Kwara State, the prevailing court judgments and current global trends of multiculturalism in evolving a consultation-based decision that will bring lasting peace and understanding to our communities. The government has also paid particular attention to the ‘declaratory’ nature of the subsisting judgments of the Court of Appeal and their purports.
Consequently, the government hereby acknowledges and approves the right of the Muslim schoolgirl to wear the hijab, and directs the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development to come up with a uniform hijab for all public/ grant-aided schools, which will be the accepted mode of head covering in schools. Any willing schoolgirl with the approved (uniform) hijab shall have the right to wear same in public/grant-aided schools.
Also, the government affirms the right of every child in public schools to freedom of worship.
The government hereby directs that the affected 10 schools should reopen to commence classes on Monday 8th March 2021.
Similarly, the government has carefully noted submissions regarding ownership of grant-aided schools and related issues. While the status of these schools is the subject of judicial determination, this and other related matters will soon be subjected to a technical committee to advise accordingly. The government reassures all members of the public that it will act in good conscience at all times.
The government asserts that there is no victor or vanquished on the hijaab question. It urges the two faith communities, especially the leaders, opinion moulders and media personalities to act with restraint and great responsibility in their public utterances and actions, and continue to live in peace and harmony with one another. The government commends all the thought and religious leaders on both sides for their forbearance, understanding and commitment to peace.
Prof Mamma Sabah Jibril
Secretary to the Kwara State Government
February 25, 2021
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