YAHAYA BELLO EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME:A Good Step In The Right Direction, As Governor Bello Scores High.

The commencement of the scheme in 2016 which was geared out of Governor Bello of Kogi State's commitments in developing human capital, reducing illiteracy, crime, and other social vices in the state is so far adding value to young Kogi citizens and increasing the number of educated minds in the state.

Access to quality education is one of the 5 Thematic Areas of the New Direction Government of the current leadership of Kogi State. Through this scheme youths from the rural areas, orphans and less privileged young adults are having restored, their hopes of access to quality tertiary education.

This dividend of democracy which has Comrade Gabriel Arome Adoji as the engine room since he was Kogi State Commissioner for Youth Development and Sports; using the scheme to drive home his agenda to get the Kogi rural human capital developed and empowered.

This is the first time in Kogi State that the Governor uses personal resources to impact on the lives of the youths. Fact has it that since 2016, over 80% of about 3,000 youths beneficiaries are those living below the average standard of living in the rural areas selected fairly from across the 21 Local Government Areas and the 3 Senatorial Districts of the state are so far beneficiaries of the educational scholarship scheme. The over 500 and 700 beneficiaries of the first and second phases are expected to obtain their National Certificate in Education in various education course from Kinsey College of Education, in Ilorin Kwara State. While the most recent phase of over 1,500 students just matriculated at the same citadel of learning.

Due to Governor Yahaya Bello's landmark achievement in educational development in Kogi State, he recently was honored with an Award of Excellence in Youth and Education Development in Kogi State by the management of Kinsey College of Education. The President and Founder of Maryam Abacha American University, Maradi Niger Republic, Professor Abubakar Gwarzo who doubled as the Chairman of the 4th matriculation ceremony at Kinsey College of Education presented the award to Governor Bello, ably represented by Comrade Gabriel Arome Adoji the Kogi State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism.

During the presentation, Professor Gwarzo said "I have been reading in the dailies and seeing on the social media that Governor Bello is not doing anything in Kogi State, but with my coming to Ilorin and witnessing the magnitude of his impact in education and on the youths of his state, I can confidently say that Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State is doing very well for his people".

Professor Gwarzo also announced that the best 50 graduating students among the recently matriculated Kogi students at Kinsey College of Education under the Yahaya Bello Education Scholarship Scheme will get full scholarship to proceed for a Bachelor's Degree at his Maryam Abacha American University, a renowned citadel of learning in Niger Republic.

Some of the reasons for Kinsey College of Education Ilorin is to enable the beneficiaries from the rural areas in Kogi get external exposure, extend the beautiful cultures of Kogi to neighboring states, learn faster about Nigeria and promoting the unity of Nigeria.

*Media Unit, Office of the Honourable Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Kogi State.*

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