The Kogi Government on Thursday declared free education for indigenes at primary and secondary school levels.
Gov. Yahaya Bello made the declaration in Lokoja when he inaugurated the distribution of Federal Government’s palliatives meant to cushion the effects of subsidy removal in the state.
“My administration has now declared free education from primary to secondary school in the state and will cover examination fees for WAEC, NECO, and JAMB for all indigenes of Kogi ,” he declared.
Bello, who commended the Federal Government’s efforts at mitigating the impact of fuel subsidy removal on citizens, said the palliatives, which were valued well in excess of N2 billion, would reach intended beneficiaries regardless of political, religious, or ethnic affiliations.
He extended his gratitude to President Bola Tinubu for the well-conceived idea.
“Already, all the local government areas of the state have commenced the distribution of rice and other essential items.
“Therefore, this launch is essentially an extension of our ongoing efforts to cushion the impact of the current policy on our citizens.
“We are not only distributing rice but also making cash available to reach the people. The total value of what we are launching for distribution today exceeds N2 billion and it is intended to reach every household in Kogi .
“We have decentralised the distribution to ensure that every household benefits.
“Everyone is expected to benefit from this initiative, regardless of their political, religious, or ethnic affiliations, including security personnel,” he stated.
He emphasised that those responsible for the distribution must not discriminate, warning that any report of bias or favoritism/hoarding would be dealt with accordingly.
The governor, who called on security agencies to ensure a peaceful and smooth distribution process, assured the people that more initiatives to alleviate hardship were in place.
He commended the people of the state for their support for President Tinubu’s administration and the New Direction administration in Kogi, which had prioritised the welfare of residents.
While mentioning the various infrastructure developments that had taken place across the state, Bello expressed confidence that the Governorship Candidate of the APC, Usman Ododo, when elected as his successor, would continue to build on the current achievements.