The All Progressives Congress (APC) media team of FGN/UBE project inspection has commended Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State for his achievements in basic education infrastructure development across the 21 local government areas of the state.
The team leader, Dr. Tom Ohikere, gave the commendation during a courtesy visit to the state deputy governor, Mr Edward Onoja, on Friday in Lokoja.
Ohikere, who is also the publisher of APC News Online and a former Kogi State commissioner for information, said the team was on a fact-finding mission to ascertain the level of progress in the area of infrastructure investment in basic education in the various APC-controlled states.
He said the aim of the visit was to inspect FGN/UBE projects in the state to authenticate the claims of UBEC and SUBEB on project execution.
He added that the inspection would help to publicise the relentless efforts of the APC-led administration in making quality education available and affordable for every child across the country through universal basic education programme.
He stressed that the state was on a beautiful track of repositioning universal basic education for all natives and residents, and expressed satisfaction that all federal government direct intervention project in Kogi had attained 100 per cent completion.
He, however, urged the state government to provide land for the federal government for the construction of a model smart school comprising pre-primary, primary, junior secondary and an ultra model ICT complex.
In his response, the deputy governor restated the determination of the governor to develop and make Kogi a hub for thriving investment, businesses and guaranteeing sustainable future for the citizenry.
Onoja stressed that nothing could be built into a secured future without the provision of sustainable education.
He reassured that the state under the leadership of Gov. Yahaya Bello was not only making success in the education sector, but had also made the state a no go area for bandits, kidnappers, terrorists and other criminal elements.
The state’s commissioner for education, science and technology, Mr Wemi Jones, said the governor remained committed to the development and advancement of education across all facets in the state.
He added that the governor had given the ministry a marching order to immediately commence the process of recruiting and retraining the best teachers.
The chairman, Kogi State State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Mr. Suleiman Ndalaye, said the present administration had built and rehabilitated several schools, equipped with furniture, VIP toilets, ICT laboratories, water facilities, and sporting arenas across the state.
The highlights of the visit was the presentation of a Letter of Attestation to the governor by the team, for his tremendous efforts and achievements in sustaining Universal Basic Education in the State.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the APC media team arrived in Kogi on Wednesday, to monitor the FGN/UBEC projects executed across the state.
NAN reports that the local government visited included: Lokoja, Kabba/Bunu, Ijumu, Okene, and Adavi Local Governments Areas, among others. (NAN)