In furtherance to his electioneering campaign promises, the Anambra state Governor Willie Obiano has given out a total sum of about One billion, nine hundred million Naira(N1.9bn) to schools owned originally by religious bodies in the state for the 2014 Universal Basic Education(UBE) projects.
He also announced that physically challenged persons and junior students of technical schools are now placed on state government scholarship, and has upgraded infrastructure in the schools for the physically challenged persons at Isulo; provided internet facility in schools; is building perimeter fencing in boarding schools and training marshals to assist in maintaining security in schools all over the state.
The presentation ceremony which took place at the Women Development Center, Awka attracted the leaders of the Catholic and the Anglican Churches who mobilized members of their congregations en-masse to witness the occasion.
In all, N433 million was given to the Catholic church while N300 million was given to the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion. The sum of N1.082 billion was in the custody of Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board for funding public primary and junior secondary education.
Gov Obiano said the fund allocated to each mission was based on the number of schools that government had returned to them and had utilized previous funds released to them satisfactorily.
He noted that the funds be used for the provision of infrastructure in the benefitting schools and restated his government?s commitment to delivering functional education, adding that there were already considerations on how to accommodate Pentecostal schools.
The governor disclosed that the state government has started paying twenty percent of basic salary to teachers in the rural areas and three thousand naira to teachers that handle core subjects.
The Commissioner for Education, Prof. Kate Omenugha said the beneficiaries had secured approved work plan and that the utilization would be subject to satisfactory monitoring and evaluation processes.
Most Reverend Christian Efobi, the Archbishop, Province on the Niger, described the emergence of Governor Obiano as God?s answer to the prayer for sustenance of good governance in the state, noting that the implementation of his pillars of development would make Anambra a model state.
Catholic archbishop of Onitsha, Most Reverend Valerian Okeke represented by Monsignor Basil Onwuasomba said the Governor?s performance was indicative of his resolve to make a difference in the lives of the people. \
Source: From Chuks Collins, Awka