Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has that his administration places high priority on education.
Governor Bello who stated this at the passing out parade, POP and graduation ceremony of Police Secondary School, Minna, the state capital, also reiterated the need for the educational system in the nation to focus attention on the core values required for the responsible upbringing of children as leaders of tomorrow.
In this vein he expressed his intention to strengthen the free education programme and collaborate with the private sector for the development of the education system in the state.
According to him, “Our administration places education on its priority list. We believe that education is not only a fundamental human right, it is also a key for achieving sustainable development in all facets of human endeavors.”
He stated that there is the need to inculcate integrity, honesty, discipline and accepted character into the children who will become leaders of tomorrow, urging all stakeholders to take the development of the children in the nation seriously.
The Governor, who was represented by his deputy, Alhaji Ahmed Muhammad Ketso, said the eradication of illiteracy, ignorance and corruption in the society‎ is a herculean task which demands the active teamwork, full commitment, participation and cooperation of everyone in the state.
He commended the management and staff of Police Secondary School in molding both male and female students with the right mix of physical training and basic academic studies to the highest international standards.
The Commandant of the Police Secondary School, Minna, CSP Umar Hadejia said 438 students passed out from the institution, adding that their training had been a mixture of academics and a wide range of extra-curricular activities, notably sports, drill, clubs and societies which were aimed at diversifying their future careers.
He disclosed that the school had recorded an average of 95 per cent success in both WAEC and NECO conducted examinations, adding that the students had excelled in various competitions within and outside the state‎.
The Commandant lamented that the school has a number of challenges in the areas of classrooms, hotel accommodation, residential quarters for staff and manpower in ‎many subjects.
Congratulating the graduating students, Hadejia urged them to be good ambassadors of the school, to keep the flag flying in areas of self discipline and good moral conduct.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Parents Teachers Association, PTA, Zubair Abdurrauf Idris‎, called on the Nigerian Police Force to give special considerations to students of Police Secondary Schools seeking admission into Police Academy, Kano, adding that since the students were already trained in various aspects of police activities, they should get admission with ease.
He also stressed that the Police Secondary School, Minna needed more teachers and ICT equipment so that students will be placed at higher the level in line with modern trend.

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