Niger Opens 50 New Schools To Meet UNESCO Standards

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*Offers Overseas Scholarships To Distinction Students

By Tunde Suleman -Minna

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has approved the establishment of two special primary schools in each of the 25 local government areas in the state in order to meet UNESCO’s standards at every aspect.

A statement by Dr. Ibraheem Dooba, chief press secretary to the governor further stressed that the number of the special schools will be increased later.

The statement explained that Governor Sani Bello has pledged that government will give scholarship to study abroad to any Nigerlite who earns eight distinctions and above. “Give us eight distinctions and we’ll underwrite your education abroad”, the governor said.

Dooba disclosed that “emphasis will also be given to science students who performed well but are short of the eight distinctions,” adding that their own sponsorship will be in Nigeria. The measure is aimed at giving Nigerlites qualitative and sound education which is the bedrock of any meaningful development, the statement noted.

The present administration will continue to evaluate and monitor standard of education in the state with a view to addressing the rot in the sector, it added.

Dooba revealed that government needed practical not theoretical solution to the falling standard of education in the state, stressing that “Governor Sani Bello is ready to invest heavy in the education sector as it remains the greatest source of empowerment as well as foundation for human development of any country or society.”
The statement reminded the people of the state that accountability, good governance, probity and due diligence were the frame work on which society and democracy thrive. It therefore called on the people of the state to continue to support and co-operate with the current government’s commitment to improving the lots of the citizenry.

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