Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has promised to pay more attention to the educational sector in the state.
Chief Willie Obiano made this promise at the Maiden Public Lecture, themed: “Restructuring Education in Nigeria to Meet with Economic and Social Challenges”, organized by the Faculty of Education, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka.
Governor Willie was represented by, Hon. (Mrs) Nkechi Obiekezie, the Commissioner for Higher Education Science and Technology, Anambra State.
The Governor encouraged students of Uni-Zik to be dedicated to their studies, while stressing that it will be a great determinant to their future.
“I promise you that as a government, we would pay more attention to education in Anambra state. While we do our part, I also urge you as students to be dedicated to your studies as it would be a great determinant to your future as leaders of tomorrow”, he stated.
Professor Nkechi P.M Esomonu, Dean Faculty of Education Nnamdi Azikiwe University expressed delight for the success hosting of the event. She gave glory to God for making the day a reality.
She expressed disappoint over the poor run of education in the country stating that, “We are prepared to serve but we lack the tools. We will continue to keep the hope alive because all hope is not lost in the quest to revive the education sector and bring it back to its past glory”.
Chairman of the occasion Prof. S.N Agu on his speech explained that the purpose of education is to train individuals that will contribute their quota in elevating the society.
He frowned at the half-baked graduates roaming around the streets of the country in search of jobs and lamented that unemployment has exposed the youths of this country to different evil vices like prostitution, drug abuse, robbery, fraud and many bad habits.
Guest lecturer Engineer Dr. Emmanual Chukwuemeka Iwuanyanwu emphasized the importance of education in one’s life saying that, “Knowledge is power!”
Engr. Dr. Iwuanyanwu condemned the corruption in the educational system which he said is one of the reasons why most graduates cannot defend their results.
He advised students to shun cultism which has and is still claiming many lives of future leaders in the country. He encouraged young minds to acquire skills as a back up to their certificates. He also called on government to increase the budget allocated to the education sector so as to improve learning condition of students.
Vice Chancellor Prof. J.E Ahaneku, who was represented by Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Institution, Prof Charles O. Esimone, narrated that through education, knowledge, skill, value, truthfulness and justice is been transferred.
He encouraged the students of the Faculty to be good ambassadors of the institution.