April 24, 2024

A’Ibom govt to address education deficit through inter-ministerial direct labour projects



Ini Billie, Uyo

Akwa Ibom State government has said that it has dedicated all inter-ministerial direct labour projects to education sector to address infrastructure deficits in public schools.

Speaking during an interaction with newsmen in Uyo on Monday, the Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Comrade Ini Ememobong recalled that Gov. Udom Emmanuel had declared a State of Emergency in education sector considering rots and negligence inherited in education sector from previous administrations.

Ememobong explained that the only means to handle cases of lack of amenities in public schools was to use Inter Ministerial Direct Labour to intervene and fix infrastructure in public schools.

According to him, government has sent over 28,000 desks to public schools as some primary school pupils never had desks in their classrooms to receive their lessons.

He listed other government infrastructure interventions to include perimeter fencing in schools, renovation of classroom blocks and assembly halls as well as drilling of boreholes in schools.

He said: “Education sector is well captured in the completion agenda of governor Udom Emmanuel. Recently, 28,000 desks were sent to public schools.

“We also ensure that public schools within Uyo metropolis are fenced round to check influx of persons into school premises.”

Ememobong, who was accompanied by Assistant Director in the Ministry of Information, Mr Aniekan Ekong, added that government has set age limit for admission into public secondary schools at 12 to check vulnerability of students to antics of cultists who lure innocent children to cult groups in government schools.

“The age of perpetrators of cultism in public schools is a major challenge in fighting cultism in schools. Government is coming out with legislation to address it.”

“We would also activate juvenile homes and moral rebirth as well as placing spies in public schools to check, who introduce cultism and isolate those who cause this menace in our public schools.”

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