By Lawrence Afolabi -,Ilorin
The Kwara State Government say it 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.
A statement issued by Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye says the loans is a response of the state government to the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) Kwara State Chapter request for assistance to cushion the effects of school closure arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Ajakaye, 1,119 private schools have been grouped into two, each category receiving between N200,000 and N100,000 depending on their staff strength.
He explained that under the arrangement, category A schools — which totalled 236 and have 20 staff and above — will each receive N200,000 to support their workers, while the 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.
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq had during a recent virtual meeting held with the umbrella bodies of private schools in the state 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.