By Ademu Seidu
The Kogi State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Hon. Wemi Jones, FCIB, has promised to continue to sustain collaboration with the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) for effective education delivery in the State.
The Commissioner gave the assurance when the President of NAPPS led other executive members on a working visit to his office in Lokoja on Monday.
The Commissioner assured the group that the State Government would continue to cooperate and collaborate with them to ensure the delivery of quality education at all levels in the state.
Jones enjoined the relevant stakeholders to imbibe the spirit of sacrifice in bringing education back to normality as a result of the devastating effect of Covid-19 on the sector.
He noted that Government was not unaware of the various challenges facing the sector, but, he, however urged them to seek the support of relevant organisations like CBN and other donor agencies for the sector.
On the reopening of schools, the commissioner urged the stakeholders to continue to observe all the safety protocols, saying schools would be reopened as soon as the directive come from the federal government in collaboration with othe relevant stakeholders.
He assured that the State Government would continue to work hand in hand with the federal government and other stakeholders for the reopening of schools at the appropriate time.
Earlier in his remarks, the NAPPS President, Dr Habeeb Yaqeen, sought for the intervention of the State Government in the areas of salary for their staff and tax holidays for private schools.
He also appealed for government’s assistance on infrastructure in their schools due to the devastating effect of storm during the compulsory stay at home due to Covid-19 pandemic.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Pastor Emmanuel Idenyi, thanked the leadership of NAPPS in Kogi State, for showing leadership at all times, promising the ministry’s readiness to work with the association in addressing their challenges.