by Elizabeth Vincent
The Commissioner for Education, Hon (Dr) Gentle Emela has urged students to shun drug abuse and cultism.
Dr. Emela made the call while delivering his speech, said; ‘it is our collective responsibility to raise outstanding children whom we pass on a baton of leadership, as all hands must be on deck to get the job of developing Bayelsa State children.’
Quoting the former first lady of United States of America, Hilary Clinton, he said; ‘It takes a village to raise children,’ added that Bayelsans have endeavours to do just that in the last four years of this administration which would make our children prepared for the oportunities of the 21st century.
“We have made huge investment in the education sector, by improving our free education programme, where the state government pay huge amount of money to WAEC and NECO for students in public schools.
“Government has provided modern learning facilities, by creating the right environment for our children to study.
“we have also initiated the Bayelsa State prime, innovation technology, driven by learning in public schools, through which we are building a very strong foundation structure in education,” he stated.
According to Hon Emela, “We have remodeled several schools across the three senatorial Districts, and would continue to do so, no child will be left out on the account of economic adversity of the parents.” encounter.
He further expressed the growing rate of drug abuse that has resulted to crime of rape, cultism, kidnapping, arm robbery and other high level of criminal activities among the youths, warned that the state government under Gov Douye Diri have zero tolerance on these tendencies, that would cause the state to a dismal image.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner used the opportunity to sound a note of warning to the youths, not to commit crime now that they have the opportunity to become what they want to be in future.
High point of the event was presentation of gifts to participants. Primary section’ first position was clinched by Police Primary School, second position went to Community Primary School, Opolo, while third position was Logos Ministry Primary School.
The secondary school category first position went to Bishop Demiari Grammar Schools, second position was St Jude’s Girls, third position was Community Secondary School, Kpansa.