By Ademu Seidu,
Lokoja, Feb. 27, 2020
The Kogi Commissioner for Education Science and Technology, Hon. Wemi Jones, has reiterated the preparedness of the ministry to key into the activities of the Bureau of Public Private Partnership (BP3) to transform the state’s education sector.
The Commissioner stated this during an interaction with the Director General of Kogi State BP3, Mr Bob Achanya, in his office on Thursday in Lokoja.
Hon. Jones expressed the readiness of the ministry to work closely with bureau in its effort to transforming the education sector in the state.
He stressed that the engagement and collaboration with the private sector remained the way to go to move education forward in Kogi State, in order to bridge the funding gap.
Hon. Jones assured that the ministry would collaborate with the BP3 to get the needed support from the private sector, saying, ”If you don’t ask them they will not give.
”We will develop a strategy, and I believe in the next two years, we would have done something significant in the area of public private partnership that would have moved education forward in Kogi State”.
The commissioner disclosed that the ministry was already putting measure in place to effectively partner with BP3 through a special arrangement to be drived by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Dr. Gabriel Ottah, who is a seasoned educationist.
Earlier, the BP3 Director General, Mr Bob Achanya, said the visit to the Commissioner was to brief him on the activities of the bureau and see how they could synergise in implementing government policies to achieve success in education.
He said that the governor has reiterated the need to partnering with the private sector to drive development in the state in terms of infrastructure and others.
He noted that the BP3 was established to warehouse every issue pertaining to private sector participation in government which involved a lot of policies.
In his vote of thanks, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Pastor Emmanuel Idenyi, noted that the sensitisation visit by the bureau was timely, saying the ministry looked forward for the bureau’s intervention in addressing the numerous challenges in the sector.