Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State with the Archbishop, Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha, Most Reverend Valerian Okeke at Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha, during the presentation of a cheque to schools.
By Sunny A. David, Onitsha
Anambra State Government has presented a cheque for N423millon to Catholic mission schools, across the state.
Governor Willie Obiano made the presentation witnessed by the Archbishop, Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha, Most Reverend Valerian Okeke at Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha.
The disbursement is for the N433millon Catholic Mission Schools in the state.
Governor Obiano, who directed all schools that have changed their original names to reverse it immediately, said that the rationale for reaching out to pupils is in line with government’s conviction that the formative years are very significant in their development.
In her speech, the Commissioner for Basic Education, Professor Kate Omenugha announced that government is building about one thousand, five hundred dormitories in all the technical schools, out of which the Catholic Church owned schools got two.
Responding, Archbishop Okeke, who said that proper education is the best parents can give to their children, applauded the State government for its partnership with the Church which he noted equipped students from the State properly in representing Nigeria in the academic map of the world.
Also speaking, Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, Chief Patrick Ugbaja said that the move is part of the State Governor’s yearly intervention for the provision of infrastructure, which he had been doing since the handover of schools to the missions.
He explained that the fund is a combined cheque for the 2017 and 2018 Universal Basic Education and Anambra State government intervention fund for them to continue to execute their action plans.
The event was attended by Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Primus Odili, Catholic Bishop of Nnewi Diocese, Most Reverend Hillary Odili-Okeke, Catholic Priests, teachers and students, board members of PPSSC, ASUBEB and other education stakeholders among others.
In a similar development, Governor Obiano has presented a cheque for N291.93million to mission schools owned by the Anglican Communion.
Governor Obiano made the presentation at St. Andrews DCC, Nnewi witnessed by the Archbishop, Province of the Niger and Bishop of Nnewi Diocese, Archbishop Godwin Okpala.
The Governor, who said that his administration had disbursed over two point-three billion naira since inception, explained that the disbursement was aimed at ensuring that every child in the state acquires western education, adding that his administration will continue to provide assistance to all schools in the state.
Governor Obiano expressed optimism that more support would also be provided to the teachers and pupils in addition to toilet facilities, accommodation, teaching and learning materials for proper upbringing.
While calling for religious harmony and tolerance, Governor Obiano further explained that other denominations did not get such money because they usually run their schools on private status He expressed satisfaction that the initiative has paid off, as morals are now being instilled with academics in schools.
Earlier, the State Commissioner for Basic Education, Professor Kate Omenugha, said the initiative had been accepted widely in the State.
Earlier, while recalling the era of decays in the State schools due to negligence, Archbishop Okpala stated that since the inception of APGA administration, Anambra State is well known for education, primarily because of the Governor’s vested interest in the church, affirming that the partnership between the church and the government is paying off credibly.