Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Anglican Communion gets N150M from Anambra state govt for school upgrade

Governor Willie Obiano has presented a cheque for the sum of One hundred and fifty million naira to the Anglican Communion for the upgrade of Schools returned to it by the State government.
Governor Obiano made the presentation at Cathedral Church of St John's field, Ekwulobia at a ceremony that attracted Anglican Bishops in the State, clergymen, traditional rulers in the area, school children among others.


The funds which is part of the State Government's support towards its partnership with the Church in rebuilding mission schools, is for the execution of projects under the Universal Basic Education, UBE 2015 Action Plan.                                   
 Presenting the cheque for the sum, Governor Obiano said in addition, one point five billion will also be distributed to other schools including Public and select Private Schools across the state for the same purpose.                                             
The Governor who noted that his administration had set up a team of Auditors to verify went round to monitor how last year's intervention funds were utilized, revealed that he was motivated to release this year's intervention despite the present day economic realities, because of the prudence demonstrated by the Church in utilizing the funds for the purpose it was intended.


Governor Obiano hailed the Church for sticking to the strategic objective of the partnership geared towards  turning  around the State's Education Sector to effectively play its role in shaping the character of students while offering them quality education and promised that his administration will sustain the partnership.
 In her address, the Commissioner for Education, Prof Kate Omenugha said a major driver of success story of the Obiano administration in the Education Sector is its conscious efforts towards keeping faith with its vision to ensure that No child is denied access to quality education and highlighted some of its recent achievements to include retooling of science laboratories of Secondary Schools, adoption of some key schools for the inclusive learning and education for employment initiative, setting up of Computer Centres at Community Education Centers as well as approval of yearly grant for the implementation of Schools' plan.

The Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, Chief Nzemeka Olisa said the state government's intervention in the Basic Education subsector since its inception, has guaranteed sustained infrastructural upgrade in the Schools and urged the Mission to adhere strictly to the UBEC Guideline in keeping good accounting records of all projects executed and rendering reports in line with the UBEC template.
For his part, the Member representing Aguata One Constituency in the State House of Assembly, Dr Ikechukwu Umenwa said with what the Governor is doing, the state will sustain its pacesetter position in education in the Country.
 In a vote of thanks, the Dean, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion and Archbishop Ecclesiastical Province of the Niger, the Most Reverend Christian Efobi thanked the Governor for remaining true to his promise to continue the partnership with the Church in repositioning the Education Sector and for the transformation that is ongoing across the various sectors and assured him of the support and prayers of the Communion to his administration.
The Governor and other guests were at the event thrilled with Dance Performance by the Akada Cultural Group from St Catherines Secondary School, Nanka. 


 Credit  : Kenechukwu Ofomah - reporter attached to the media crew of the Governor of Anambra state, Chief Willie Obiano .

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