This Day (Lagos)

10 January 2013

Nigeria: Anambra Indigene Emerges Best in Neco, Ssce

The many investments of Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State in the education sector are yielding fruits as a citizen of the state, Miss Sandra Anazor, who went to school in the state came the overall best in NECO and WASC examinations.

While receiving her at the Government House yesterday, Obi announced scholarship for her and promptly redeemed it by handing over a cheque of N2, 220,000 to her, covering the six years she will be in school, having secured admission to read Medicine at the University of Ibadan.

Obi said he was proud of her accomplishments and that performances such as hers encouraged him to keep visiting secondary schools in the state to encourage students to take their studies seriously, saying he would soon extend it to primary schools.

Reeling out names of Anambra people who are champions in their areas, Obi said the state would keep on searching for them wherever they are with the view of presenting them as role models to the younger ones.

Giving example with the Heart Centre his administration is building at St. Joseph Hospital Adazi-Nnukwu, named after the foremost Anambra Cardiologist, Dr. Joe Nwiloh, Obi said other foremost Anambrarians would be similarly recognised.

Obi took the opportunity to call on the people of the state to see education as the most potent instrument for competition. Quoting Aristotle, he said that the differences between the educated and the uneducated was as that between the living and the dead.

During the ceremony, the ancient saying that "success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan," which President John Kennedy repeated after the disastrous "Bay of Pigs invasion" played out as the principal of the school Sandra did her JSS1-JSS3 (Queen of the Rosary, College, Onitsha) Rev. Sr. Maria Nwankwo and the Principal of Federal Government College, Onitsha, where she did her SS1-SS3, Dr. Chinyere Nzerem, jokingly claimed her as their owns.

They both expressed happiness at her performance.

In her speech, Sandra Anagor expressed surprise at the state government gesture, saying that Peter Obi has proved beyond doubt that he loves education and the successes of his children.

Sandra's proud father, Azubike Anagor, accompanied by her mother, Chinwe said the resurrected performance of Anambra people in examinations is attributable to Obi who has shown interest in all sectors. He recalled when Obi provided boreholes, generators, Internet and labolatory facilities as well as school buses to schools in Anambra State and said the gesture allowed Sandra and her colleagues at Queen of the Rosary College, Onitsha and students in other schools in the state to live in boarding schools in relative comfort.

In her own remarks, the state Commissioner for Education said all thanks would go to the governor for his absolute love for the state.

In her academic history, Sandra has won many academic competitions and awards.

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