Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Obi Resumes Visits to Schools

Awka — Following what appeared a brief Christmas break, with the visit to six schools, Governor Peter Obi has resumed his visits to schools in Anambra State.

Schools visited, Tuesday, were Marist Brothers Secondary School, Nteje; Model Comprehensive Secondary School, Nkwelle Ezunaka; New Era Secondary School, Onitsha; Army Day Secondary School, Onitsha; Community Secondary School, Awada; and Union Secondary School.

He gave cheques to some of the schools for rehabilitation of their structures and asked others to evaluate their needs.

At each of the school, the governor inspected their facilities, interacted with staff and students and spoke to the students of the need to take their studies seriously as, according to him, education is the biggest asset those growing up should strive to acquire to be better positioned for success in a highly competitive society.

He assured the students that his administration will not relent in the upgrade of their facilities, often regretting that due to past neglect most of the schools were allowed to collapse.

He recalled that before his administration, no school in the state had basic infrastructure, but he thanked God that his administration has reasonably rehabilitated most schools in the state through the provision of basic infrastructure some of which are rehabilitation of science blocks and equipping all with laboratory materials, provision of computers with internet facilities, generating sets, water boreholes, conveniences, buses, fencing etc. He promised that by the end of the year all the schools in Anambra state would be similarly equipped.

At Model Comprehensive Secondary School, Nkwelle Ezunaka, Governor Obi was moved to tears at the level of dilapidation in the School. Commenting on that he said it was most regrettable that in a State where people celebrate vanity, exemplified in over indulgence of every kind, they are not concerned with rebuilding institutions where their children are trained. He gave glory to God for using the opportunity of his visits to schools to actually bring to his attention the burgeoning decay in the education system in the State.

He revealed that one of the greatest things that made him happy is the return of schools to their original owners ( the missionaries) and the collaboration with the Church which had tremendously improved the fortunes of education in the State.He said that Anambra is one of the best in education in terms of performance and other indices.

Speaking at one of the schools visited, Marist Comprehensive College, Nteje, the principal of the school, Reverend Brother Mike Iwu said " Your Excellency, Sir, it is on record that this school is one among the many in the State which have benefitted immensely from the generosity of your administration. We thank you profoundly for your interest in schools. This really shows that you understand that the children of today are leaders of tomorrow."

Similarly, the Principal of New Era Secondary School, Onitsha, Dr. Mrs. Ngozi Agbabamila said "We cannot thank you enough for your vision for the State and your commitment towards achieving that vision more than any other Governor since the State was created. Your dedication, support, encouragement and love for education are beyond expression. Schools just resumed yesterday and here you are today visiting us when some people are still busy holidaying"

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