Thirty Secondary schools across Kwara state are to be renovated, re-quipped and repositioned to international standard.
The State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed stated this while speaking at a mass rally in commemoration of the beginning of new Islamic calendar year and launching of the New Year calendar, held at the State Stadium complex, Ilorin.
Governor Ahmed who said Queen Elizabeth Secondary school and Government Secondary School, Ilorin were among the schools selected for the repositioning exercise, said they would be well positioned to model schools to meet world academic standard.
The Governor, who was represented by the State Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Engineer Musa Ayinla Yeketi, also announced the teaching of entrepreneurship in all schools in the state to expose the students to different skills for them to be self-reliant.
Governor Ahmed added that the state government had concluded arrangement for the introduction of mobile workshops where the children would be trained in different entrepreneurship skills.
According to him, the National Council of Education had approved compulsory teaching of Islamic Studies in all secondary schools to expose the students to Islamic teaching and orientation.
On the request for the declaration of hijrah day as public holiday, Governor Ahmed asked the National Hijrah Ummatul Islamiyyah, Kwara State Chapter to follow due process by writing the House of Assembly on their request.
He gave the assurance that an executive bill would be raised to accelerate the granting of their request.
The Governor said the state is currently facing challenges of paucity of funds, but assured civil servants and traders in the state that their wellbeing would be attended to, while the state would soon begin to witness infrastructure development through Infrastructure Development Fund projects.
Governor Ahmed noted that the government is aware of the current hardship confronting the people and noted that pragmatic steps had been taken to ameliorate the hardship.