In order to cushion the effects of the covid-19 pandemic, the Kwara State Government has set aside the sum of N135,500,000 under the Kwara State Social Investment Programme (KWASSIP) as interest-free loan to 1,119 private school owners across the state.
This was contained in a Press release on Tuesday by Mr Rafiu Ajakaye Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.
“KWASSIP has engaged with the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) in Kwara State after they reached out for assistance to cushion the effects of school closure arising from the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to a statement by Mohammed Brimah, the Anchor of KWASSIP.
He further said that the 1,119 private schools have been grouped into two, each category receiving between N200,000 and N100,000 depending on their staff strength.
According to the statement, category A schools — which totalled 236 and have 20 staff and above — will each receive N200,000 to support their workers.
Category B schools, with 19 or less staff and totalling 883 schools, are to receive N100,000 each under the arrangement that is purely voluntary.
The Kwara State Governor has pledged to offer interest-free loan to the owners as salary support for their workers to prevent massive loss of job and poverty surge in the education sub-sector during a virtual meeting held with held with the umbrella bodies of private schools in the state.
AbdulRazaq said he would not be blind to the plight of any Kwaran, including proprietors and workers across private schools in the state who he acknowledged had been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic due to the closure of schools and some other businesses for months.
The private school owners had during the virtual meeting commended the administration for the food palliatives given to them through the COVID-19 committee.
On Friday, AbdulRazaq officially launched the disbursement of the Owo Isowo, a component of the state social investment programmes to assist 21,623 petty traders across the state.196