The Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has been praised for his single minded commitment to improving the educational educational sector in the state in order to ensure that Anambra retains its position on top of the educational log in the country.
The members of Orumba Forum, a socio-cultural group of the indigenes of Orumba North and South Local Government Areas resident in Lagos and Abuja, were unanimous in their applause for Obiano for uplifting the standards of education in the state through many well-thought out policies, programmes and interventionist efforts that have ensured that Anambra does not play second fiddle to anyone in education.
Speaking on behalf of the members of the Forum at the Forum’s 10th Anniversary of its Scholarship Programme in Nanka, the Chairman of the group, Dr. Raymond Obieri said; “We are very proud of your activities. We are proud of what you have done in the area of security. You have in fact set a pace for other state governors to emulate. We are also proud of your deep interest in uplifting educational standard in Anambra state. You are setting up a Visitation Panel to state owned higher institutions; the first by any state governor in many years. It is a demonstration of your commitment to quality education”,
In his remarks, the governor commended the Orumba Forum for toeing the path of honour in building and developing their region. He noted that his administration was putting much effort in his four pillars of development in a bid to create job opportunities for the people of the state. “We are doing three things in Education- Upgrading the infrastructure; comfort of the students; fencing, water supply and electricity which will greatly improve by next year; and training and retraining of teachers as well as their welfare”, Obiano said.
As part of teachers’ welfare, the governor said that he had directed that leave allowances be paid before the year ends together with some incentives. He frowned at the attitude of some teachers who engage in other private businesses during school hours, adding that his administration would punish those found wanting.
In a bid to encouraging teachers in the rural areas, Gov. Obiano reemphasized that his administration added incentives to such teachers as well as teachers who take up core subjects.
The governor commended Orumba Forum for its scholarship initiative, calling on other communities to borrow a leaf from them. Obiano added that despite the lean allocation from the Federal government, his administration had reduced the cost of governance and greatly improved the internally generated revenue.
Speaking on behalf of the traditional rulers in Orumba North and South, Igwe P.N Ezeamama observed that education breaks barriers, commending the Orumba Forum for giving the children of the region a very big gift in the scholarship awards. He advised the students on the importance of education, urging them to read not just to scale through examinations but to gain knowledge. He further urged them to embrace the Igbo culture and language.
Also speaking, the honourable commissioner for Education, Prof. Kate Omenugha explained that the passion with which the governor drives the education sector is amazing and that explained his presence at the event.
She highlighted that many players in the educational sector in Nigeria had gone all out to honour the governor for his immense support in the education sector. She added that the governor had already awarded scholarships to 200 indigent and destitute students. She further commended the Orumba Forum for their gesture, urging well-meaning citizens to mobilize resources and support the state government in Education and other sectors.
The highpoint of the event was the presentation of a souvenir to the Governor for his commitment to the development of education in the state. Present at the occasion include the national and state chairmen of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), chief Victor Oye and Sir Nobert Obi, top government functionaries, principals and students.