Rivers State Governor, Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, the governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State and former vice president of World Bank, Prof. Oby Ezekwesili, have urged Niger Delta states and the Federal Government to give priority to educational advancement.
Speaking at the BRACED states 2012 Education Summit on Thursday at Government House in Port Harcourt, Amaechi said, a country that fails to give priority to education would be doomed.
He said, "If we don't give priority to education, our country will be doomed, and I believe that is why we have gathered here today because education is first, it is the future of our children and if we don't do that, our children and future will be doomed."
Amaechi also explained that education has served as a platform for the emergence of state, national and world leaders, saying four key attributes were needed to achieve quality education in the country, and they include; a conducive atmosphere to study, qualified teachers and training, basic infrastructure and curriculum, and consistent funding to sustain the project.
The governor said with the current priority given to education by his administration, parents now transfer their children from private schools to the public schools built by government, saying education in public schools in Rivers State is completely free, adding that his administration would soon provide laptops and desktops for all students and pupils in government schools.