Kwara State has set aside N135.5 million under the Kwara state Social Investment Programme (KWASSIP) as an interest-free loan to 1,119 private school owners in the state.
According to the programme’s Anchorperson in the state, Mohammed Brimah;
“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,” he said.
He said the 1,119 private schools have been grouped into two, each category receiving between N200, 000 and N100, 000 depending on their staff strength.
Under the arrangement, 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.
Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, during a recent virtual meeting with umbrella bodies of private schools in the state, pledged to offer an 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.
AbdulRazaq said he would not be blind to the plights 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 food palliatives given to them through the COVID-19 committee.
Last Friday, AbdulRazaq officially launched disbursement of the Owo Isowo, a component of the state social investment programmes to assist 21,623 petty traders across the state.