Owerri—Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, yesterday flagged off the distribution of second batch of school desks, chairs and sundry materials to public primary and secondary schools in the state, even as he unfolded planned cumputerisation of all schools in the state to make student computer literate.
Governor Okorocha, while flagging off the programme at the Hero’s Square, Owerri, stressed the importance his administration attached to the provision of free qualitative education, pointing out that it would continue to be at the front burner of his administration to guarantee the future of Imo children and to build an “Imo of our collective dream.”
The governor, who noted various transformations of many public primary and secondary schools in the state, the state government planned to computerize all schools to make students computer literate, and re-introduce staff quarters to ensure better education and guidance for pupils and students.
Okorocha, who vowed to ensure that Imo stood out both in development and educational product, enjoined stakeholders in Community Government Councils, CGC, school authorities to partner with the state government to achieve this laudable goal.
He enjoined teachers in the state to make good use of the E-library provided in the state for proper research and to align with the current education trend in computer.
Earlier, Commissioner for Primary, Secondary, Adult and Non-formal Education, Mrs. Nma Nzeribe-Michaels, who noted that the best investment anyone could make in the child was education, commended Governor Okorocha on his giant strides in education and for proving “skeptics wrong about the possibility of free education.”
Mrs. Nzeribe observed that school enrollment in Imo in 2011 was about 15,000 but in 2014 increased to 30,000 which she attributed to the provision of free qualitative education, school uniforms, sandals, canvasses, desks, chairs, payment of stipends, school building rescued from dilapidated state to brand new blocks among others.