During a meeting with officials from the National Examination Council (NECO) at the Government House in Minna, Governor Mohammed Bago of Niger State revealed the government’s intention to offer complimentary transportation to public school students.
This initiative aims to boost enrollment rates and alleviate the impact of the federal government’s removal of fuel subsidies.
He said: “The free transportation for the children at the basic level of education will encourage pupils to go to school at the basic education level and again cushion the effect of subsidy removal.”
During the meeting, Governor Bago emphasized the importance of cooperation between the state government and NECO in addressing the challenges of out-of-school children and promoting girl-child education.
Bago urged NECO to explore ways of incorporating vocational training into the education curriculum to produce self-reliant students.
Additionally, the governor urged NECO to fulfill its corporate social responsibilities in the state, highlighting the absence of contributions such as repaired classrooms. He emphasized that being a tenant in the state should involve adding value to the local communities and residents.
Professor Wushishi, the NECO registrar, initially expressed the purpose of the visit as extending congratulations to Governor Bago on his electoral victory and successful inauguration.
He also emphasized the importance of increased collaboration between NECO and the Niger State Government, highlighting the potential for significant mutual benefits through joint efforts.