Nassarawa: Fortune smiled on more than 500 secondary school students in Keffi Local Government area of Nasarawa State, on Tuesday, when the council chairman, Abdulrahman Maigoro, paid their West African Examinations Council (WAEC), the National Examinations Council (NECO), NABTEB and JAMB fees.
Mr Maigoro who disclosed that the gesture was aimed at reducing the burden of school fees on the parents of the affected students, was a strategic step in improving education standards in the state. He said this at the independence anniversary and inter-primary schools march past organised by the council.
Also in his speech, he said that “the political independence by our country on October 1, 1960 was a result of many years of struggle by the people of Nigeria against the colonial rule and …those heroes who made sacrifices and got imprisoned in order that this country might be independent should not be forgotten.”
While delivering the gains of democracy, Mr Maigoro said the council had also enrolled 8,000 pupils into various primary schools, “ purchased and distributed school uniforms and other materials to pupils to reduce the sufferings of parents, most of whom are less-privileged.
The chairman advised parents, guardians, the political class and other stakeholders to see the importance of education and to join hands in providing a peaceful enabling environment for teaching and learning. He also urged all, to see education as the only investment that they should give to their children.
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