Nigeria @59: Ugwuanyi pledges to invest in education




Enugu state Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has said his administration is eternally committed to investing in the education of children in order to help fulfil the dreams and visions for which founding fathers fought for the country’s independence.

The governor also reassured the people of the state of his determination to live up to his campaign promises of delivering quality leadership.

Ugwuanyi, who made this known in his Independence Day speech at the Michael Okpara Square, said education remained the bedrock of any nation which desires to attain enviable heights.

The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Simon Ortuanya, said children are the future leaders of the country and deserved the best in terms of provision of quality education.

According to the governor, the country’s founding fathers fought hard for her independence and the way to appreciate them for their huge sacrifice is to commit to the education of children in the country.

He noted that though Nigeria has witnessed political turbulence, which seriously threatened its unity, it remained one and united nation, unlike other parts of the continent that have collapsed and fragmented into multiple nations, an indication that better days are ahead.

“Nigeria is still a growing nation and a problem identified is a problem half solved.  It is encouraging to note that we are not shying away from our challenges but are confronting them as one people with one destiny,” he said.

He regretted that though the country has witnessed economic prosperity, it has likewise experienced protracted economic challenges that have somewhat slowed the pace of development of the nation.

He maintained that with committed leadership, a collective patriotism and sacrifice, the country will be great again and the heroes past will reckon from the great beyond that their labours were never in vain.

Earlier in his address, the Commissioner for Education in the state, Uche Eze, remarked that education remained the major instrument for national development; which is why independence celebration over the years has been centred on the need to improve the country’s education system.

He noted that the state governor has made giant strides in transforming the education sector at all levels through the provision of critical infrastructure to aid learning, especially at the primary level.

“The governor knows too well that it is not enough to provide a conducive environment for learning and that is why he has always made the welfare of teachers in the state a top priority of his administration” he said.

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