From: Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa
The Bayelsa State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and a group, Bayelsa Transparency Monitors (BTM) have commended the Bayelsa State Government over the feat recorded by state in its latest ranking in the country by the West African Examination Council ( WAEC).
Recall that Bayelsa State was ranked 5th in Nigeria by the sub-regional examinations body.
The PDP says it observed from available records and statistics that Bayelsa has remained among the five best states in the country since 2014.
In a statement signed by its Chairman, Hon. Cleopas Moses, he said the PDP State Executive was proud of the governor and the party is happy to be the platform for which he was elected into office by the people, noting that the success of the state in external examinations is due to the massive investments the government has made in education.
“We as a party are very pleased with the achievement the government has made so far in education, it is a clear indication that the Governor is education friendly and wants to see Bayelsa move from the backwardness that we were. There is no local government that you will not find model primary and secondary school built from scratch by this government. It has also renovated and equipped old ones to bring it up to standard, thus improving the learning ability of our students. The compulsory boarding system introduced by the governor is also another welcome development. For instance, at St. Jude’s Girls Secondary School, Amarata and Ijaw National Academy, the students are living their dream under a very conducive atmosphere with everything including books, uniforms and food provided for them” he said
While urging the government to sustain the massive gains already made in the education sector, the PDP also called on Bayelsans to reciprocate the government efforts by playing a prominent role which includes paying the stipulated levy according to their monthly earnings to support the education trust fund.
BTM in statement by its Director-General of the group, Mr Ephraim Dorgu said the success of the state in WAEC is one of the many testimonies of the restoration government’s efforts in the education sub-sector.
The statement read in part “We are excited by this development. Our state use to be educationally backward until this government came in 2012 and began a revolution in the education sector. As a group we are very happy and we want to see more of this. That is why we are commending His Excellency and other members of his restoration administration for the efforts to bring about the needed manpower development in the state.”