- The Delta government says it would soon establish an education endowment fund for schools in the state
- The fund is to ensure that Deltans have access to quality education under a conducive learning environment
- The governor also emphasized the importance of partnership between the state government and the private sector to improve the economy of the state
Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has disclosed that as part of efforts to move the education sector forward, the state government would soon establish an education endowment fund for schools in the state.
The governor disclosed this on Wednesday, July 10 in Asaba at the annual conference/general meeting of the Institute of Strategic Management, Delta state chapter.
Governor Okowa who was represented by the state's commissioner for higher education, Prof. Patrick Muoboghare, explained that since the education sector was the backbone of any society, the state government would set up the fund to ensure that Deltans have access to quality education under a conducive learning environment.
His words: “The education sector is very vital to our economy as there, is the breeding ground where our doctors, lawyers even future governors are groomed and nurtured.
“If we are faced with recession again, subventions to schools will be reduced and maintenance of our schools and ensuring that our students get the best education will be restricted but if our schools had endowment funds, with or without the allocations, the schools will be well taken care of.
“The state government will soon be establishing the Education Endowment Fund for schools across the state.”
The governor also emphasized the importance of partnership between the state government and the private sector to improve the economy of the state.
He explained that the development of any sector could not be achieved by the government alone but required the input and support of the private sector.
“Our economy although recovering from a recession can only improve when investments are brought into our country and policies that will strategically strengthened our economy are implemented.
“As a government we have been doing our very best to improve our economy and strengthen our infrastructure but we cannot do it alone, we not only need the partnership of the private sector but we have to ensure that policies that have been strategically designed to improve our economy are implemented.
“We do not just need strategists, we need to make policies that are innovative and is in line with global trends,” the governor said.
He commended the institute for organizing the conference saying, “this meeting is timely and it is my belief that at the end we will have more solutions to tackle the challenges facing our economy.”
Senator Okowa was at the event conferred with the maiden “Professor Austin Uwandulu Strategic Management Award” in recognition of his strategic and pragmatic leadership qualities.
Meanwhile, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has advocated for more funding for the Nigeria Police Force in order to address issues of insecurity in the country.
The position of NANS was made known by its president, Comrade Bamidele Akpan, via a press statement sent to Legit.ng on Wednesday, July 3.
Akpan stated that NANS will mobilize its members nationwide to lobby for increased funding for the police at the National Assembly.
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