Frontline Kogi governorship aspirant under All Progressive Congress, APC, Barrister Babatunde Irukera, has promised to pay five thousand naira to aged Kogi indigenes when he assumes office as Kogi state governor.
Irukera made this promise in a policy statement sent to newsmen.
He said the payment of N5,000 monthly to Kogi elders of above 65 years will be upon verification of their economic/financial situation.
Aside N5,000 social security to aged citizens, Irukera also pledge to implement free, relevant and qualitative education throughout all public primary and secondary schools in Kogi State.
” We will upgrade of all State owned tertiary institutions across the length and breadth of Kogi State, and provide scholarship to best students in each of the public schools upon the completion of post-primary education. Best overall from either public or private will be awarded scholarship”, the statement reads.
Irukera also promise to provide daily meal to public primary school pupils to boost mental alertness and increase enrolment.
He noted that between 2013 and 2014, all state primary and secondary schools in Kogi State were on an 18-month strike for the non-payment of teachers’ salaries.
“The higher institutions have close to zero standards with massive corruption among the lecturers and the administrators. Most of the students are either studying Accounting or Business Administration.
“We will declare a ‘State of Emergency’ on our educational system and MUST have a comprehensive plan on tackling ‘’grassroots’’ education before entering office. We must sell a plan to make the higher institutions produce more technical and market-ready graduates.