Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State

Interest-free loans, grants for private school operators in Kwara

*Private school proprietors to work out modalities for financial support with State Ministry of Education

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

In view of the continued close of schools, colleges and universities in the country following the outbreak of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State has promised to offer interest-free loan and grants to private school owners to pay their workers and prevent massive loss of job in the education sub-sector of the economy

ConsumerConnect reports Governor AbdulRazaq said he would “not be blind to the plight” of any Kwaran, including proprietors and workers across private schools, who he acknowledged have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic due to the closure of schools and some other businesses.

“The government will therefore consider your request for grants or loan, which of course would be interest-free. We can do that as we did for ‘transport’ workers.

“But we will need to have the right database to know the number of private schools in the state, the number of their teachers, and their students,” he said at a virtual meeting on Friday with the umbrella bodies of private schools in Kwara State.

According to Kwara State Chief Executive, such database would be essential for efficiency, transparency and success of the move, recalling how the administration had established a hitch-free and transparent bursary regime with digital registration and verification of all applicants last year.

AbdulRazaq stated: “The issue of database is critical for planning. We want to know how many private schools we have (and) where in the state.

“If we do so, we can even give land (to those who may need it) and issue certificate of occupancy and other relevant documents.”

He therefore, advised the private school proprietors to work out the modalities for the financial support with the Ministry of Education, but said schools registered with the government and paying their taxes until the pandemic would be prioritised in the intervention.

The private school owners should to invest in virtual (online) schooling if they have not done so, as the pandemic and the closure of schools may drag until it is absolutely safe to reopen, the governor stated.

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