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  • Updated: March 14, 2024

Students benefit from Ogun government awards

Students benefit from Ogun government awards

Over 100,000 Primary and secondary school learners have benefitted from the flag-off of N10,000 cash awards in Ogun State.

The gesture which is from the Ogun State Government will affect over 2, 000 public schools across the four divisions of the state.

The payment is in fulfilment of the promise made by Governor Dapo Abiodun, to pay N10,000 to indigent pupils and students in the state’s primary and secondary schools as part of the government’s effort to mitigate the economic hardship in the country.

Speaking while monitoring the disbursement of the money in some schools in Abeokuta, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu, noted that the payment was one of the strategies used by the governor to provide succour to parents as a result of the present economic situation in the country.

Arigbabu noted that the gesture was meant to provide succour to pupils and their parents.

He said: “In view of the economic realities in the country, the governor decided to provide succour to the people of the state using multiplicity approaches to achieve this.

“He believes that another strategy that could be used which has never been used by any government before is the health and education sectors to reach the populace. Through the education sector, you can truly reach out to those who need the palliative.

“We have over 2,000 primary and secondary schools in all the four divisions of the state, and 100,000 learners in these schools would receive N10,00 each.”

He emphasised that the government decided to pay through parents whose children are in public primary and secondary schools as the children do not have bank accounts due to their age.

“As we meet and give the parents the governor’s message, they are receiving the alert for payment. The governor’s gesture is to support the parents in meeting their children’s needs,” he added.

On how the children were chosen, the commissioner maintained that the process was objective, adding that it was easy to come up with the list of indigent students as teachers who are part of the school system were given the burden of finding the indigent students as they are the closest to them.

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