Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa
The Bayelsa State Executive Council has read the riot act to parents on the compulsory primary and secondary education of children in the state.
This was sequel to the recent signing into law of the Compulsory Primary and Secondary Education law by Governor Henry Seriake Dickson.
The state government has vowed to arrest and prosecute any parent who refused to send his or her child to school to acquire formal education.
Commissioner for Education, Jonathan Obuebite, who made this known to the media, said with the assent of the bill, every child of school age must be enrolled into the various model schools of the government.
Obuebite maintained that any child that is seeing loitering or hawking on the streets during school hours would be picked up while their parents or guardian will be dealt with as provided in the new law.
He explained that the move was to emphasise the importance the government attaches to education, adding that with the huge investment made in that sector there is every need to ensure it does not become a waste.
” We have spent over 70 billion naira building and equipping our schools. Today we have quality infrastructure and facilities across our schools in every local government area. We feel it is important to have this law to protect that investment.”The law will be fully implemented. We want to thank His Excellency for his assent and members of the assembly for passing it into law. Clearly the law is to demonstrate our commitment to education in the state”.
Meanwhile, the state’s Commissioner for Tourism Development, Ebiere Irene Musa, noted that with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with Bristow Helicopters, shuttle services for the company’s sea plane from Yenagoa to other states in the Niger Delta as well as Lagos and Abuja has commenced.
“We have brought our tourism potentials out to the world. Just after the commissioning of the magnificent Grand Pavillion and Boat Club, Oxbow lake, we have today signed an MoU with Bristow helicopter. So it is a thing of joy that from Oxbow lake you can connect Lagos, Abuja and other states in this region”.
Also the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson has declared that henceforth any community that is not receptive to some projects risk losing such development in their domain.
Iworiso-Markson said the council frowned at the attitude of indigenes of some community who are always in the habit of preventing the presence of meaningful development in their area because of their own selfish purpose.