The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has said his administration is committed to developing the education sector which is the key to high-level human capital development needed for the emancipation of the people.
Bello stated this in Abuja on Tuesday night, during the conferment of the Press Freedom Award by the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) as a distinguished friend of the media .
”Even though I consider the economic sector to be important, it is no secret that I hold the education sector in high esteem in view of its foremost position in development.
“Quality and affordable education is the key to a high level of human capital development, which is, in turn, the access code to unlocking keys needed for a breakthrough in all other sectors,” he said.
He said that that higher institution in Kogi now has an uninterrupted academic calendar.
According to him, the educational orientation Kogi citizens have today has brought unity among the ethnic groups in the state.
He urged them to continue educating themselves in words and actions, adding that the role of education cannot be overemphasised.
”Education simplified the problems we inherited in Kogi. I want to use this opportunity to call on each and every one of us across this country to educate ourselves.
”If we educate ourselves well, leaders will lead well and followers will follow well. If we educate well, we will not instigate non-state actors to carry arms against the country.
”If we educate ourselves, we will not see any leader the will embezzle one naira not to talk of millions, billions or trillions because we know that when you take such money that does not belong to you, you are laying a foundation in crisis.
”If we educate ourselves, we should be able to criticise our leaders constructively rather than pulling our country down.
“Thank God students are here today testifying that we are having an uninterrupted academic calendar in all of our institutions. We did our best and we are still doing our best in the educational sector.
“We have been able to educate ourselves that any nation, who wants to have a future must be able to look inward and develop the younger generation,” he said.
Bello also stressed that any nation that wants to attain development and greatness, must look into empowering.
He acquainted the NUJ leadership that constructive criticism is allowed, urging them to always draw his attention to anything wrong, and guaranteed press freedom in Kogi State .
Earlier, the NUJ National President, Mr Chris Isiguzo, has said the “Role Model in Education Award” was a category award given exclusively to governors, who have made outstanding contributions to the defence of press freedom and added that Bello has promoted press freedom and brought a revolution to the education sector in Kogi state.