By Abel Ifiemi, Yenagoa
The Restoration Administration led by Governor Henry Seriake Dickson believes that educating the Mind is a deliberate and sustainable Investment for the future.
It is on this premise that a state of emergency on education was Declared in the State to make Education free and Compulsory. On August 10th 2017, Governor Henry Seriaki Dickson Signed into Law the Education Development Trust Fund Bill.
The Bill provides that 10% of money generated from IGR will be Committed to it and 1% of all Contract funds will also be committed to fund the scheme.
Under the Dickson led Restoration Government, the education sector has continued to receive priority attention, since its inception in 2012 and the educational laws would provide a mechanism for sustainable development in the sector.
The new legislation will go a long way in checking the issue of school drop-outs, due to financial constraints as it makes it mandatory for all Bayelsans working in the public service, government officials as well as the private sector to contribute to the fund in addition to the 10% state’s internally generated revenue in support of the fund on a monthly basis.
This is a commendable and welcome development of which Bayelsans are urged support rather than politicize as the initiative would be beneficial to the average Bayelsan.
N50 billion has so far been invested into the education sector with the establishment of 25 constituency compulsory free boarding secondary schools, in addition to 15 model secondary schools, including the Ijaw National academy, which has taken off.