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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

We Have Attained Success In Education - Gov Obinao

Gov Willie Obiano has said that his administration has achieved significant success in its pursuit of quality education as envisioned by the founding fathers of Anambra State. 

The governor made this known in his remarks during the 8th Convocation ceremony of the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, yesterday.

The convocation ceremony which held at the Igbariam campus of the University, saw the conferment of honorary degrees on the former Governor of Old Anambra, Senator Jim Nwobodo, former Deputy-governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof Kingsley Muoghalu and Sir Chike Onyejekwe. 

In his address Gov Obiano pointed out that his administration has made huge investments in education in the state, having renovated above 1400 classroom blocks, upgrading of 62 Science laboratories, prompt payment of teachers' salaries and additional incentive to teachers posted to hard-to-reach areas and those handling core subjects, and support to Mission schools among others. 

According to him, his administration has shown it's commitment to improving the quality of education offered in the university by doubling her subvention. He said that as the resources improves the State government would sustain its support to ensure that the University lives up to the integrity and patriotism of the man whom it was named after. 

While calling on the new graduates to endeavor to engage themselves in positive ventures that would promote their Alma mater, the governor also charged the staff and management to intensify efforts at maintaining high educational standards.

Earlier, the institution's Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the University's Governing Council, Arch Ikebueze Chendo said the council would soon unveil a strategic plan to position the University towards enterprise and entrepreneurship in ensuring the University exploits the opportunities that abound with the private sector collaboration for its transformation. 

In his address, the Vice Chancellor, Prof Fidelis Okafor noted that the institution is expanding on all frontiers towards becoming a major centre of teaching and learning in Arts and Sciences, adding that it was already taking the lead in restoring stable academic calendar in the country. 

He commended Gov Obiano for his interventions in the areas of provision of basic amenities, infrastructural upgrade and increase in subvention and sought the assistance of the state government towards addressing the staff deficit challenge facing the institution now.

A total of 2851 graduated with Bachelors' Degrees, post graduate Diploma, Master's Degrees and Doctorate Degrees also participated in the convocation ceremony which attracted dignitaries from within and outside the state notable of whom was the Governor of Enugu State, Dr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

By Kingsley Ezekwelu 

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