From AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokoja

Wife of Kogi State Governor, Mrs Rashida Bello on Monday inaugurated the School Based Management Committees (SBMCs), aimed at improving governance and effective educational system at both basic and secondary levels of education in the state.

The governor’s wife while performing the ceremony at the Government House, Lokoja, urged the committee members to collaborate with the government in achieving the desired goals.

‘’We all know the importance of education in Nigeria especially in Kogi state and I am sure collectively, we are working very hard to better our state.

‘’I want to tell us that each and everyone of us also has a great role to play in our different ways; this is why the inauguration of this SBMCs was initiated.

‘’Let us as parents, teachers, traditional and religious leaders, join hands together to see how we can send our children back to school especially women,’’

She, therefore, urged the members of the committee to be on the same page with the government to better the educational system in Kogi and making it the best in Nigeria.

The first lady stressed that government alone could not do it by themselves, saying it should be a collective efforts from all the relevant stakeholders for the betterment of future generations.

So, it concerns me and you. I need you to promise me that you will join hands with us to see how we can better the educational system in Kogi for the benefit of our children.

‘’To make sure that all our children are in school’’, Bello said.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Rosemary Osikoya, said the SBMCs was a governing body consisting of 10 statutory members drawn from host communities of all secondary schools across the 21 local government areas of Kogi.

According to Osikoya, SBMC was a resolution of the National Council of Education (NCE) in 1995, aimed at improving governance of basic and secondary schools, as well as provide sustainable platform for stakeholders participations and non-government support to the schools.

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