Funmilola Saliu-Adeyemi ;
No fewer than 3,000 candidates have benefitted from Ekiti State free Joint Admission Matriculation Board, JAMB, and E-pin forms in the state.
The wife of Ekiti State Governor, Mrs Olayemi Oyebanji, disclosed this during the distribution of the Free JAMB forms to the candidates on Monday in Ado-Ekiti
She stated that the Ekiti State government has expended nothing less than N20 million for the procurement of the JAMB forms for the candidates.
Oyebanji noted that the annual event was a golden opportunity for the beneficiaries to pass the examination with good results that would enable them to undertake their desired courses in higher institutions of their choices.
She reiterated the state government’s commitment to free and compulsory education programmes through the payment of the West Africa School Certificate Examination fees, parameter fencing of educational facilities to ensure adequate security, among others.
“It is of note that Ekiti State government cares for all, the youth and the old. As the government continually embarks on the renovation of buildings in the 912 primary Schools, 200 secondary schools and the three special schools to provide access to friendly learning environment, capacity building for teachers to ensure that students receive sound education”, Oyebanji added.
Earlier in her address, the Commissioner for Education, Dr Kofoworola Aderiye, charged the students to avoid all distractions capable of stopping them from passing their examinations and choosing courses where their strength lies
Also, in her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Dr Folakemi Olomojobi, appreciated the commitment of the Ekiti State government in ensuring that Ekiti indigenesschool-going age enjoy access to education.
She enjoined the candidates to reciprocate the gesture of the Oyebanji-led government by scoring well in the JAMB examination.
In their goodwill messages, stakeholders including, the Chairman, HousCommitteeee on Education, Mr Jacob Awoniyi, the Commissioner for Information, Mr Taiwo Olatubosun, the Chairman, State Universal Basic Education, Prof. Femi Akinwumi, among others, called on the state committee oadult educationon to organize coaching classes for the students while the beneficiaries should be careful in filling the forms in order not to make wrong subject combinations.
One of the beneficiaries, Ajide Ifeoluwa, promised, on behalf of others, that they would reciprocate the gesture with good results to encourage the government to do more.