Rivers State Government has taken concrete steps to check the illegal proliferation of sub-standard private schools, with the consolidation of two extant laws in the State.
Addressing journalists after a State Executive Council meeting presided over by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike at the Government House Port Harcourt on Wednesday, Rivers State Commissioner of Information and Communication, Mr Paulinus Nsirim said that the State Government will continue to improve the quality of education in the State.
He said: “Council today approved the amendment of the Education Law in the state by consolidating Rivers State Education Law Cap 47 , Laws of Rivers State of Nigeria (1999) and the Rivers State Education Private Schools Law Cap 48 Laws of Rivers State of Nigeria (1999) under one legislation.
“This is to provide for stiffer penalties, sanctions to prevent the breach of government policies on education as contained in the extant laws.
“Council took this decision to check the present situation of indiscriminate proliferation of private schools in the State without compliance with basic requirements with respect to standards, curriculum, content and facilities.
“The overall goal is to ensure the development of quality education in line with the New Rivers Vision of the present Administration. “
The Council approved the dissolution of the Petroleum Monitoring Task Force in the State . The State Executive Council advised members of the Public to stop dealing with the dissolved Task Force.
The Rivers State Executive Council warned motorists against indiscriminate parking of vehicles in front of Port Harcourt Mall. He said henceforth, motorists who park in front of the Port Harcourt Mall would be sanctioned.
The Information Commissioner stated that the Rivers State Executive Council appealed to residents of Port Harcourt to bear with the State Government on the ongoing construction of three Flyover bridges and other roads.
Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media.
22nd January, 2020.