| By Daniel Ayantoye
Following the distribution of Instructional materials to public schools in Kwara State by the Mandate Office of former Senate President Bukola Saraki, the Kwara State government has condemned the act describing it as violation of basic rules.
This is according to a statement by the Press Secretary, Kwara State Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Yakub K. Aliagan, made available to CAMPUS FOCUS yesterday.
The statement which condemned Saraki for using his personal pictures on instructional materials made with public fund for distribution in schools, said the state government was not aware of the materials before they were distributed.
“The State Government wasn’t aware of the distribution of these instructional materials in the first instance.
“The appropriate thing to do is to send those materials to the Ministry of Education which has a statutory duty of vetting learning materials for quality control and then approve such for distribution. Not doing so was a violation of a basic rule which is key to strengthening our institutions and keeping standards.
“Besides, it is wrong for anyone to emblazon their images or personal logos on instructional materials made with public resources for distribution in public schools. The said materials were some sort of Constituency Projects which have been approved and funded by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“The authorities at the schools were right to have rejected those materials because the Ministry of Education was not aware of such and also because there should be no politicisation of education, whether directly or indirectly, especially at the basic level where the children are very impressionable.”
The statement however directed that the materials should be returned back to the Ministry of education after the personal pictures of the former senate president has been removed.