CHANNELS: Anambra state governor, Mr. Peter Obi, has presented cheques totaling over N1.4 billion naira for accelerated progress in education to all mission primary schools in the state.
Presenting the cheques to the Catholic Archbishop of Onitsha, Archbishop Valerian Okeke and his Anglican counterpart, Bishop Christian Efobi, at the Women Development Centre Awka, the governor says the fund is aimed at pushing the final phase of the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, in education ahead of the 2015 target date.
At the Women Development Center, Awka, pupils from mission primary schools, teachers, parents and government functionaries gathered to witness what many called a phenomenal event in the education sector since the creation of Anambra state.
The programme is aimed at actualizing accelerated breakthrough in education in all the mission primary schools in the state through infrastructural development, strengthening the institutional management of schools and provision of incentives and learning support materials.
The state governor maintained that the achievement of the millennium development goal is the target of the state through the vehicle of the Anambra Integrated Development Strategy.
Mr. Obi says N40 billion is targeted to be expended to achieve the millennium development goals in all the sectors.
Expressing appreciation for the gesture, the Catholic and the Anglican priests extolled the governor for using public funds for public good.
For the State Commissioner for Education and the National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, the commitment of the Obi administration has given the state a new face in education.
Governor Obi also announced plans by government to employ four thousand teachers in both primary and secondary schools and also government’s decision to give every secondary school in the state a brand new school bus as well as four hundred and fifty generating sets to ease power challenges.