ASUU: Kwara Government transports over 900 students back to schools for free


No fewer than 900 Students of Kwara State origin have been transported with over 50 numbers of 18-Seater Buses to their various institutions of learning in the Northern part of the country in the early hours of today, Sunday, 30th October, an exercise which has been described as first of its kind in the history of Kwara State.

This follows the suspension of the eight-month prolonged industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Dr. Alabi Afees Abolore disclosed that Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s administration decided to offer free transportation to Kwara students up north, in order to relieve their parents after the much awaited suspension of ASUU strike.

It would be recalled that the free transportation service was announced by the Ministry a few days ago, in a bid to assist the returning students to the northern axis of the country for the commencement of academic activities.

The Ministry of Tertiary Education, however, witnessed an upsurge in the number of students that appeared for documentation beyond the targeted volume that had earlier signified interest for the journey.

Dr. Abolore explained that the Ministry made provision for 13 arrival destinations, which  include Gombe, Bauchi, Jigawa, Sokoto, Zamfara, Kaduna, Borno, Katsina, Kano, and FCT, among others, all of which had successfully boarded this morning and on their way for resumption to their various Schools.

While expressing his gratitude to Governor AbdulRazaq for the laudable initiative, the Commissioner emphasized the need for every government to be student-inclusive as the student community contributes a large quota towards the development of any society.

Abolore also lauded the governor for his exemplary leadership skill, which he noted has become beneficial to the Kwara student community as a whole.

The Welfare Director of the National Association of Kwara State Students (NAKSS), Comrade AbdulAfeez Saheed appreciated the efforts of the Ministry towards the plight of the student community.

“I have to appreciate the efforts of the Commissioner for Tertiary Education towards the propagation of the insightful administration of Mall. AbdulRahman  AbdulRazaq, it is pertinent to note that Kwara Students are proud of the Governor as we have witnessed an increment in our upcoming bursary allowances.

“This free transport scheme as well another initiative is enough to express the good willingness and support of our Governor towards the student community and we appreciate his kind gesture”, Saheed said.

Another student leader from Umaru Musa Yar-Adua University in Kastina, Comrade Babapupa Abdullateef also appreciated the state government for showing its kindness to students after the ASUU strike.


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