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Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq inaugurates Education Trust Fund board

By Guardian Nigeria
26 November 2023   |   11:59 am
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has inaugurated members of the state Education Trust Fund Board, which he said will play a key role in helping to solidify educational transformation in the state. "The inauguration of the Kwara State Education Trust Fund Board today is another strategic step towards providing the right environment for excellent learning…

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has inaugurated the state’s Education Trust Fund board

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has inaugurated members of the state Education Trust Fund Board, which he said will play a key role in helping to solidify educational transformation in the state.

“The inauguration of the Kwara State Education Trust Fund Board today is another strategic step towards providing the right environment for excellent learning outcomes for the Kwara child and to enable sustainable development in our state,” he said late Friday in Ilorin, the state capital, at the brief ceremony.

The Governor said the inauguration represents another phase in Kwara’s journey, touting some of the achievements of the administration in the sector, such as the massive school renewal projects and investments in training of teachers.

“A few months ago at an education event on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, I said that investing in education is the urgency of now. This notion has been the main driver of the many reforms we have carried out in the education sector,” he said.

“We have up-skilled and resourced thousands of teachers, and empowered tens of thousands of students with essential learning materials and more conducive school environments.

“Today, our teachers are reporting rapid improvements among their students. This growth is not only reported internally. Recently, Kwara passed the appraisal and was included in the World Bank’s Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment programme. Our young girls are set to enjoy the benefits of Kwara AGILE.

“Our children are already posting great performances on the national stage. You will see that from the recent UBEC school debate, which Kwara won again after having won last year’s edition and are set to represent Nigeria in the Republic of Serbia in Europe for an international school debate.

“Notwithstanding these feats, we are not resting on our oars. If we are to deliver the promised dramatic improvements in learning outcomes in public schools for all children across Kwara State — and I promise you we will deliver — we need strong oversight, strategic direction, and resources that will ensure longevity.

“This is where the Kwara State Education Trust Fund Board comes in. A critical component of our Kwara State Education Transformation Agenda (KWETA), the board will mobilise resources to support infrastructural development and growth in our education sector. It will help us build stakeholder partnerships and ensure our educational investments are effective, efficient, and aligned with our goals.

“We have made a deliberate choice of the distinguished chairman, secretary, and every member of this board. Their great pedigrees speak clearly of what they bring to the table. I am confident, therefore, that the board will play a key role in helping to solidify educational transformation in Kwara State.”

The Governor also announced that the government would be providing the board with a N100m seed grant to support its work.

Members of the Board are Mallam Abdulhakeem Uthman Mustapha (SAN) (chairman); Oluwadamilola Fatimah Amolegbe (Executive Secretary); Emir of Lafiagi Alhaji Mohammed Kudu-Kawu (Member); Permanent Secretary Ministry of Business Innovation and Technology, Mrs Kemi Mary Adeosun (Member); Professor Deborah Adekeye (Member); and renowned tech giant Iyinoluwa Aboyeji (Member).

The board has set a target of raising N10bn from different stakeholders, especially private sector players and philanthropists, to support education infrastructure across Kwara State.

The Kwara State Education Trust Fund Board is a non-profit organization established by the Kwara State government to mobilize resources to support infrastructural development and growth in the state’s education sector. The board is committed to ensuring that all Kwara children have access to quality education.

For More information, visit http://www.kwetf.ng.

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