Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has taken a significant step towards enhancing the state’s educational system by approving the immediate disbursement of N497 million for the payment of the 2023 WAEC examination fees for students in public schools. This initiative aligns with the governor’s commitment to free education and the “Zero Out-of-School Policy” in Kogi State.

In a statement released on Saturday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Muhammed Onogwu, it was emphasized that this decision demonstrates the administration’s unwavering dedication to ensuring that every child in Kogi State has the opportunity to access quality education, regardless of their socioeconomic status. The goal is to empower students to undertake crucial examinations without placing any financial burden on their parents or guardians.

Governor Yahaya Bello has also made it clear that his administration will penalize parents who fail to enroll their children in school. This comprehensive approach to education underscores the state’s commitment not only to increasing access to education but also to ensuring active participation.

The impact of this initiative is substantial, with a total of 15,033 students benefiting from the payment of their 2023 WAEC examination fees. Among the schools that will directly benefit, Dekina has the highest number of students, with 1,867 beneficiaries, followed by Lokoja Local Government Area, which has 1,569 students, and Okene, with 1,345 students. This move is expected to foster a brighter educational future for the youth of Kogi State.

Governor Yahaya Bello’s commitment to free education and the “Zero Out-of-School Policy” reflects a strong dedication to the educational development of the state. By removing financial barriers to education and ensuring that all children have the opportunity to learn and excel, Kogi State is taking a significant step towards a brighter future for its young citizens.

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