The government of Akwa Ibom has dismissed reports that the new administration has suspended free and compulsory primary and secondary education in the state.
The government, according to the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, comrade Ini Ememobong, is still completely committed to the new free and compulsory education policy.
He pointed out that the government does not accept money from students or their parents and has shown no interest in doing so.
Nevertheless, where parents, associations, or societies choose to voluntarily fund schools in response to the state’s clarion call for contributory creation of education, the government will not object.
According to Ememobong, the entire ministerial jobs for the year 2021 have been allocated to the education sector in accordance with Governor Udom Emmanuel’s declaration of a state of emergency in the sector.
“As a result of the state government’s emergency declaration, more than 300 projects are currently underway in various schools throughout the various local government areas.
“We call on all people to continue to back the government’s efforts to ensure high-quality education at all levels. Parents, guardians, responsible businesses, and community leaders are all encouraged to contribute to the state’s educational development,” the commissioner said.