The Ogun State government has released N340 million forthe payment of fees for candidates for the 2013 West African Examination Council (WAEC) examinations in the state.

The state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Alhaji Yusuph Olaniyonu, in a statement said the amount is for about 41,000 candidates.

He said this is in furtherance of the government’s commitment to ensure affordable qualitative education.

The commissioner said the government, which is vigorously pursuing its free education programme is determined to restore the lost glory in the education sector.

“As is the case since the government took over in the state two years ago, it has again released the sum of N340 million for the payment of the fees of 41, 000 candidates sitting for the 2013 WAEC examination. We are determined to continue to meet this obligation and others in the education sector because webelieve education is the catalyst for the developmentof other sectors of the economy.

The Senator Ibikunle Amosun government has since inception been allocating education the lion share of its budget and 23 per cent of the 2013 budget was earmarked for education”,Olaniyonu added.

He assured that the administration would continue to provide free textbooks and materials to public primary and secondary schools in the state, even as work on the state-owned model schools being built in various locations in the state are progressing.

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