From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
The Kogi students’ Cadet in training at Nigerian Police Academy in Kano State, has urged Kogi Government to incorporate them into the state’s bursary allowances and other benefits for students in tertiary institutions.
Solomon Abbah, who led the team of 16 cadet officers, made the request during a courtesy visit to the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Rosemary Osikoya in Lokoja at the weekend.
According to Abbah, the Kogi students are Cadets in training of the first regular course academic session of the Nigerian Police Academy, Wudil, Kano State and would like “ to solicit the support of the state government to incorporate us into whatever benefits the students of tertiary institutions are enjoying from the state including bursary allowances”.
He added that the visit was also to create awareness about the academy and enlighten the Kogi youths and members of the society about what the academy was all about.
In her remarks, the Commissioner said she was delighted that Kogi was having good representation among the cadets in the Police Academy, saying “it is a call for us to do more in ensuring that there is more sensitisation among the Kogi youths”.
The commissioner assured the cadets that the state government would grant their request, saying the governor had recently increased the bursary by 300 per cent.
Also speaking, Mr Deola Eseyin, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Youth Empowerment, Sports and Students Affairs, promised that the cadet would be included in the bursary funds by the ministry of education who would give approval of their inclusion.
According to Eseyin, when the governor assumed office, he made a promise to increase the state bursary allowance for Kogi students which he has done with 300 per cent increment.
“We urge you to be closer to the government so as to always get the required information and updates on all other benefits for Kogi students in tertiary institutions”, Eseyin advised.