Gov. Umar Al-makura of Nasarawa State has re-assured the people of the state of his administration's plan to renovate public schools. This is contained in a statement signed by the Governor's Special Assistant on Media, Alhaji Sani Mairiga, and made available to newsmen in Abuja on Thursday.
According to the statement, the governor is worried about the dilapidated state of public schools and is determined to upgrade them to appreciable standards. "Gov. Umar Al-makura is committed more than ever before to uplift the standard of education in primary, post-primary schools and tertiary institutions in the state.
"That is why he took the responsibility of paying the registration fees of final year students of secondary schools wishing to write the NECO examinations," the statement quoted the governor as saying.
It recalled that prior to the advent of the present administration, most of the schools in the state were neglected thereby exposing the school buildings to reptiles and questionable characters.
It also said that more than N2 billion was budgeted for schools' rehabilitation in 2013, pointing out that this was done to underscore the governor's seriousness in the development of the education sector.
The statement said Al-makura urged all teachers, students, and pupils to re-double their efforts and co-operate with the government in its quest to improve education in the state. It, however, warned heads of schools not to collecting illegal fees from students, adding that anyone caught would face the wrath of the law. (NAN)