The Country Representative of Stand Tall Africa Initiative (STAi), a Non-governmental Organisation, Dr. Ogah Emmanuel, has disclosed that his organisation has set aside N152million each for Benue, Kogi and Adamawa states to procure educational palliatives.
The three states have 65 local government areas, Benue (23), Adamawa (21) and kogi (21).
Emmanuel, who spoke in Abuja over the weekend during the organisation’s “Hall of Fame Leadership Award’’, said STAi had signed a memorandum of understanding with the states to ascertain the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on the quality education on them.
He said: “As at today, our research teams are on ground in three states of the federation (Benue, Adamawa, and Kogi) where we have signed a memorandum of understanding with the states government through their ministries of education to ascertain the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on the quality education in these states.
“We have further set aside through our donors a sum of One Hundred and Fifty Two Million Naira (N152, 000,000.00) only for each of the states to procure educational palliatives such as textbooks, uniforms, writing materials, etc, for each of the local government areas of these states at the end of the research exercise”.
Emmanuel said in the last two years, his NGO had empowered over 6,000 lecturers across African universities, polytechnics and colleges, adding that 4,000 students were on its scholarship.
“Over 6,000 lecturers across African universities, polytechnics and colleges have been empowered and positively affected via different educational projects, research grants, etc. Also, over 4,000 students and undergraduates on study scholarships at different levels of study through our various scholarship projects under the nationwide effective reading campaign.
“We have also equipped and empowered over 15,000 teachers of primary and secondary schools nationwide, while over 10,000 young entrepreneurs were trained and financially empowered through our entrepreneurship development and empowerment projects’’, he said.