From Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
Ekiti State Government has distributed free JAMB forms to 3,000 qualified but vulnerable admission seekers across the sixteen local government areas of the state.
Speaking while flagging off the distribution of the form to the beneficiaries at the weekend, wife of the Governor of the state, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, said that the gesture is part of the activities of the present government in the state to prioritise the education of Ekiti Youth for national development.
The first lady who said that the programme has no political undertone, explained that beneficiaries which cut across the sixteen local government areas of in the state were chosen having obtained a minimum of six credit passes in either WAEC and NECO at one sitting.
Speaking further, Mrs Fayemi said the present administration in the state will continue to priortise quality education noting that the government will support the youths in securing their future since they are the leaders of tomorrow.
“This is a commitment of Governor Kayode Fayemi towards extending the dividend of democracy to our teeming youths and actualization of his knowledge economy agenda.
“This singular act, if effectively utilised would permanently liberate the candidates from the shackles of ignorance, abject poverty and backwardness in life,” she explained.
She however assured that the government will leave no stone unturned in preparing the future leaders of Ekiti with requisite qualification to enable them to improve upon the solid foundation that the present government is laying upon.
The Wife of the Governor explained that about twenty million naira had been committed to the purchase of 2019 JAMB PINS as well as the creation of a profile, provision of E-Training, JAMB online registration and thumbprinting exercise at no cost to the candidate.
Erelu Fayemi urged the beneficiaries to reciprocate the gesture by being committed to their studies and desist from any act capable of truncating their future.
Earlier, the permanent secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in the state, Mr. Ayodeji Ajayi said that the gesture will in no small measure relieve parents who are struggling to make ends meet from the financial burden of providing JAMB pins for their wards.
He advised beneficiaries of the programme to attend the training provided by the government and maximize the opportunity to acquire more knowledge.
Highpoint of the event was the presentation of JAMB scratch cards to some selected candidates by the wife of the Governor.
Some of the beneficiaries at the event lauded the state government for the kind gesture with a promise to be more committed to their studies.