From Rashidat AbdulRahMan, Minna
Special Adviser to the Niger State Governor on Print Media, Aisha Wakaso, has revealed that the state government has upset it backlog debt of over Two hundred Million Naira (N200m owed the West Africa Examination Council, WAEC.
Wakaso made this known on Tuesday during a press briefing held at the Government House, Minna.
She stated that the state government has over the years owed WAEC fees of students across the state, hence, Governor Bago administration’s decided to upset the bills and assured students of his administration’s commitment to improving the educational sector across the state.
The Special Adviser also disclosed that the National Examination Council NECO bills are also being upset as the state has already started paying 30 million naira monthly.
She further stated that the state government has taken delivery of some Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses which are part of the 200 buses contract agreement at the cost of N7billion, expected to be delivered to the state for free transportation of students at subsidized rate for civil servants as part of palliative to cushion the hardship.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Lands and Survey, Barr Maurice Magaji said the state government plans to revamp the Niger State Information Geograhic information System in line with global best practices.
The commissioner also stated that the ministry is making efforts to clear the backlog of the applications for the Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) made in the last administration.
Earlier, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Social Investment Programme, Hauwa Bako Muhammad said the state government has sent 50 bright and ambitious participants to Abeokuta, Ogun State where they are expected to undergo a comprehensive and intensive training for three months in intricate world of soilless farming, cutting-edge greenhouse technology, hydroponics and seamless integration of Artificial Intelligence (Al) in Agriculture.
Bako stressed that the essence of the ground-breaking programme which lies in its capacity to equip the youth with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience essential for successful engagement in modern agriculture.