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Kogi Govt Begins Data Capturing of Public Primary Schools for Effective Planning

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By Stephen Adeleye

Lokoja, Sept. 13, 2021

The Kogi Government on Monday commenced the data capturing of public primary schools in the state to ensure effective educational planning.

It would be recalled that the State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, had recently concluded the data capturing of private schools in the state where the ministry said it achieved over 80 per cent success.

The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Hon. Wemi Jones, FCIB, while addressing the head teachers at the ministry in Lokoja, commended them for their cooperation.

Jones said the data capturing of all private schools had been carried out by the Ministry and hence the need to extend it to public schools as part of government’s plans to boost teachers’ welfare and revamping education sector in Kogi State.

He stressed the need to have accurate data in terms of number of teachers as well as their qualifications, pupils, infrastructures, facilities, conduciveness for learning and other vital information that would aid effective educational planning.

”We want to take us back to that era where primary education becomes the true foundation of education in the state, hence the need to have an idea of what is happening at the primary school level.

”The most important thing to us as a government is laying a good foundation. If you have good structure and facilities, but the people that are supposed to take care of our children are not motivated, how will they deliver effectively?

”So, we need you to give us the accurate figure of all the required information to ensure proper educational planning.

”Let me assure you that in no distant time from now your welfare shall be improved”, he said.

He urged the teachers to freely communicate with the ministry and made their grievances known across board so that the ministry could address them.

He restated the commitment of Gov. Yahaya Bello led administration to promote girl child education, urging the teachers to ensure that girls have access and utilize the Guardian and Counseling Unit available in schools

He reiterated that Kogi now has State Education Law 2020, that has empowered the Ministry to effectively carried out its functional mandate including closure of any erring school that failed to register.

The Commissioner stressed that the ministry has got the power to close down schools that failed to comply with certain provisions of the law.

He said that the ministry has put all the necessary arrangements in place to close down all unregistered schools in the state when schools resume this September 2021.

He said: ”For a child of school age to be out of school and on the streets during the school hour is now prohibited, and any erring parent would be prosecuted”.

Jones added that the international donors were ready to assist education in the state but that could not happen when there was no reliable data to work it.

He, therefore enjoined the teachers to encourage their colleagues both in private and public schools in various communities to come and be captured for their own benefits.

”This is an exercise that His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, is very much interested in, for effective educational planning in the state.

”You are very important stakeholders, so please join hand with us and support us to ensure we get the desire results in transforming education in Kogi State”, he said.

Earlier, the Director Education Planning, Research and Statistics (EPRS) of the ministry, Dr Elizabeth Animoku, urged the teachers to give accurate data about their schools to the ministry, saying data remained a vital key in education planning.

In their responses, some of the teachers commended state government and the ministry for the initiative, but however appealed for the review of the issue of percentage payment of salaries to primary school teachers.

Hajia Hadizat Abubakar, Head Teacher of Islamiya School 2, Kabawa,, Lokoja, appealed to the commissioner to help convey their message to government to stop payment of percentage salary to teachers in primary school and pay full salary.

The required information for the data capturing includes: number of classrooms, pupils, level of operations, teachers and their qualifications, and new entrant enrolment for 2020/2021 session.

Others are: number of chairs, tables, desks, toilets, computers and their usabilities, library condition, laboratories and other relevant details.

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WAEC: Kogi Cautions Against Malpractice

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By Stephen Adeleye

The Kogi Government has cautioned Exam Monitors and Supervisors against involvement in examination malpractice in the ongoing 2021 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE).

The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Wemi Jones, gave the warning in Lokoja, at the stakeholders’ meeting with Exam Monitors from the ministry and 21 Local Government Areas of the state.

Jones said the issue of exam malpractice should be a thing of the past in Kogi, saying any official found wanting would be prosecuted according to the relevant sections of Kogi State Education Law 2020.

He urged all the monitors and supervisors to adhere strictly to the examination standard and ethics, saying, ”whosoever goes against the exam ethics will be prosecuted according to the relevant sections of the law.

”No monitor should allow self to be used because the law will be applied fully and accordingly.”

Jones advised schools’ principals against using their schools as ‘miracle centres’ to perpetrate any form of examination malpractice under any disguise.

He added that the government remained resolute and fully ready to prosecute and severely sanction any erring school, individual or accomplices; according to the education law.

”It is the responsibility of principals to ensure that no examination malpractice is perpetrated in their various schools. We are going to pay special attention to ‘Miracle Centres,” he said.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Pastor Emmanuel Idenyi, noted that His Excellency, Gov. Yahaya Bello, had given topmost priority to the education sector in the state.

He commended the governor for the allocation of 20 per cent of the State’s annual total budget to the Ministry.

He added that the governor’s intention and concerted efforts to take education to the next level should be keenly supported, hence the ministry cannot go below expectations.

”That is the more reason the issue of examination malpractice must become a thing of the past in Kogi.

”We don’t want to hear about any form of examination malpractice at all; so that His Excellency will not be disappointed by his focus on this ministry.

”No monitors should aid, abate, or involve in any form of examination malpractice in this upcoming WAEC because the ministry will not be happy about it.

”Any person that is caught, the law will take its full course backed up by the Kogi State Education Law 2020,” Idenyi said.

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Kogi MOEST: Perm. Sec. Urges Parents/Guardians to Instill Leadership Traits into their Children/Wards

”As parents, we have the opportunities everyday to be a role model to our children and instil leadership traits in them”, Idenyi said.

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By Stephen Adeleye


The Permanent Secretary, Kogi State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Pastor Emmanuel Idenyi, has urged parents to be a role model to their children and instil leadership traits into them.

Idenyi gave the charge in his paper presentation, titled: ”Preparing Children For Quality Leadership”, which he delivered recently at the ”2021 Graduation, Speech and Prize-Giving Day”, of the Michael Omonogun Memorial Nursery/Primary School, Lokoja.

Idenyi described leadership ”as an art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants it done, adding that to be a visionary is to be a leader”.

The permanent secretary noted that the task of preparing children for leadership, remained the responsibility of both parents and teachers, stressing that the onus lies on the parents for obvious reasons.

According to him, leadership tends to indicate the innate ability of a child to gather different people and help everyone work together towards a singular goal.

”Every kid has the potentials to be a leader in some areas of his/her life. Many successful leaders today learned their leadership skills from the influence of Mentors.

”As parents, we have the opportunities everyday to be a role model to our children and instil leadership traits in them”, Idenyi said.

He further highlighted the necessary ingredients needed to cultivating leadership skills in children, to include: confidence and ability to believe in yourself, social/communication skills, be example, putting a team together, and be a family.

Others are: to allow children make decisions, carrying out domestic chores to develop humility, develop problem-solving skills in the child, get the child a mentor, reward optimism, similarity and difference, and exposing children to reading culture.

He further added that children should be nurtured with entrepreneurial spirit, be encouraged to blaze their own trail, surround them with leaders, good listenship, establish a strong financial practices, among others.

The permanent secretary noted that all parents want their kids to be successful and viewed them as courageous leaders, willing to take on any challenge.

”In as much as this is so, instilling leadership traits in children takes a lot of patience and practice”, Idenyi said.

The permanent secretary lauded His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello for his favourable disposition torwards education sector especially the establishment of CUSTECH Osara, and for accented the Kogi Education Law.

He further commended the governor for approving 20 per cent of the annual State budget to education, the prompt release of funds for all internal examinations and other notable feats, recorded by the present Government in the State.

Idenyi also eulogised the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Hon. Wemi Jones, for his innovative ideas, approaches and actions that had led to the speedy transformation of education in the state.

The pastor prayed God to bless the children with spirit of excellence to take them to higher heights, and be the pride to their parents, useful to their environment, communities and the society at large.

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KGSG Unveils Education Law 2020, Assures Full Implementation

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The Kogi State Government on Tuesday unveiled the Kogi State Education Law 2020, that will guide the operations of schools and activities of other relevant education stakeholders in the state.

The Kogi State Education Law 2020 was unveiled at the ‘Stakeholders’ Meeting On Education Law And Other Matter”, on Tuesday in Lokoja.

In his remarks, the state’s Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Hon. Wemi Jones, FCIB, thanked all the stakeholders for the roles played in ensuring that the law came into reality.

He noted that the education stakeholders’ meeting was in continuation of the various levels of stakeholders engagement that the ministry had planned to do.

He said that the education friendly Governor, His Excellency Alhaji Yahaya Bello, had given the Ministry his full backing for the full implementation of every section of the law.

”Today, we have met with the highest category of education stakeholders in the state. So, we are now fully ready to commence full implementation because we have carried everybody along”, he said.

The Commissioner also stressed the need to take the issue of schools’ security very seriously, and need for synergy among stakeholders to ensure adequate security in schools.

He eulogised the Governor for being very proactive in all sectors especially in the area of security, which had made Kogi one of the safest States in Nigeria.

”We thank God no single student has been kidnapped in Kogi, but we must not take it for granted. We must redouble our effort, synergise and ensure adequate security in our schools”, he said.

Jones further advised against examination malpractice, cultism, and misconducts in any form, warning that the State Government was fully ready to severely sanction any erring school, individual or their accomplices.

He specifically warned schools’ Principals against any form of exam malpractice in their various schools, saying any erring principal would be severely sanctioned.

He added: ”It is the responsibility of principals to ensure that no examination malpractice is perpetrated in their various schools. We are going to pay special attention to ‘Miracle Centres’ ”.

He noted that the ministry had done data capturing of Private schools operating in the state, adding that public schools’ data capturing would soon commence.

He advised private schools that were yet to come to the ministry for data capturing to do so in earnest, warning that such schools would be sanctioned according to the relevant sections of the education law 2020.

”For those private schools’ owners who are yet to come for data capturing, we are going to open another window next week about three to four days for them to come and register.

”’If they fail to do the needful within the four days, I am afraid we may be left with no option than to sanction them depending on the relevant sections of the law which may include closure of certain schools”, he said.

He commended the stakeholders for the massive turnout, saying it was very impressive.

Stakeholders at the meeting included: Heads of all Public and Private Tertiary Institutions in the state, SUBEB, STETSCOM, ANCOPSS, NAPPS, NTI, NYSC, TRCN, WAEC, NECO, JAMB, Religious bodies, TUC, ASUSS, among others.

Some of the stakeholders in their separate comments, commended the Governor for his political will in accenting to the Kogi State Education Law 2020, since the state’s creation about 30 years ago.

They further commended the Commissioner for his efforts and commitment in ensuring the realization of the law, and urged him to ensure its full implementation without fear or favour.

Mr Awodi Robert Yusufu, the State President of All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPPS), Kogi chapter, said the law would put education in Kogi on its pedestal and help in policing making, curb exam practice, among others.

On their parts, Comrade Ojo Ranti, the State Chairman of Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS); and Dr Solomon Nuhu Anyegwu, the Provost, College of Health, Sciences and Technology, Idah, both called for the perimeter fencing of schools to ensure security.

Ojo, who doubles as the State Chairman of Trade Union Congress (TUC), commended the state government for the education law, 20 per cent annual budget to education, and prompt payment of salaries to state workers.

He, however called on the State Government for the recruitment of more teachers, end percentage payment of salaries to Local Government workers and implement the minimum wage in the state.

Also speaking, the Rector of Kogi State Polytechnic, Dr Usman Igbo, commended the Governor for performing excellently in the area of security and for giving them the necessary support to curb cultism and other social vices in various higher institutions in the state.

He explained that under his leadership the management of Kogi Poly had been able to put necessary things in place to curb cultism, exam malpractice, and other misconducts through adequate synergy with security agencies and other relevant stakeholders.

He said that the institution had expelled over 150 students from the school due to various offences such as cultism, exam malpractice and other misconducts, irrespective of tribes or religions.

The rector, therefore commended the Commissioner for the education law and called for its full implementation without fear or favour.

The highlight of the occasion was the unveiling and launching of the Kogi State Education Law 2020, anchored by Dr Gabriel Ottah, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Science and Technology.

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