ANAMBRA: Governor Soludo Allocates N1.524 Billion to Missionary Schools in Anambra State
In a Historic Initiative, Governor Soludo Prioritizes Education with N1.524 Billion Allocation to Missionary Schools in Anambra
In a groundbreaking move, the governor of Anambra State, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, has earmarked a whopping N1.524 billion for missionary schools in the state. This allocation is a pivotal part of the administration's commitment to upholding the standard of education.
Breaking down the figures, a total of 459 Catholic schools received N918 million, 275 Anglican schools were granted N550 million, and twenty schools previously owned by Anambra Pentecostal Churches collectively received N40 million. Additionally, eight schools that returned to Salvation Army Schools were allocated a total sum of N16 million.
The governor personally presented the cheques to the owners and operators of these mission schools during a meeting held at the Governor’s Lodge in Amawbia. In his remarks, Governor Soludo emphasized the paramount importance of the education sector in his administration's agenda. He commended the owners of the mission schools for their active involvement in the health sector as well.
Expressing concern over the societal divide in education, Governor Soludo lamented the existence of two classes of citizens – those from poor backgrounds left in public schools and the affluent/average families who can afford mission or private schools. He reiterated his vision to develop a highly productive human capital, refurbish schools to be smart and digitally inclined, and launch Leadership Science and Technology Schools in the state.
The governor urged communities to take ownership of public schools and announced plans to establish a Club of Patrons for these institutions. He acknowledged the crucial role played by mission schools, considering them almost a substitute for government efforts.
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Governor Soludo also highlighted his commitment to revitalizing the public health sector. He pledged to equip all General Hospitals with solar power, ensuring access to quality healthcare and education, particularly for the poorest members of society. He expressed determination to tackle the issue of quack hospitals operating in various parts of the state.
Bishop Moses Ezedebego, speaking on behalf of the proprietors of mission schools, commended Governor Soludo for demonstrating leadership by fostering collaboration among various religious denominations. The chairman of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, Anambra State chapter, praised the governor for wiping away the tears of countless poor people in the state, stating that his actions would be remembered in the history of the state.
Prominent figures at the ceremony included the Deputy Governor, Dr. Onyekachukwu Ibezim, Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, Chief of Staff, Mr. Ernest Ezeajughi, Bishop Awka Diocese and Archbishop of the Niger Province, Most Rev. Alexander Ibezim, the Catholic Bishop of Awka, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, Catholic Bishop of Nnewi, Most Reverend Jonas-Benson Okoye, among others.