Awka – Gov. Peter Obi of Anambra has donated cheques totalling N1.46 billion to mission primary schools for infrastructural development.
Presenting the cheques in Awka, Obi commended the Church for their support in rebuilding the schools and urged them to remain steadfast in their support for government activities.
He said his administration was making “final push” to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Obi said that about N12.5 billion would be spent on education before the end of his tenure.
According to the governor, N5 billion will be spent on each of the eight MDGs, to ensure a secure future for the children of the state.
“This government would at least employ 2,000 primary school teachers, 2,000 secondary school teachers and 2,000 civil servants before the end of the year.”
Obi said that a separate account had been opened for the payment of the 6,000 would-be workers till December. 2015.
He said that the government would donate N750 million to each secondary school in the state for library and another N750 million for sports development.
He said the pledge would be fulfilled before the end of his tenure.
The governor also said that about N1.5 billion would be injected into agriculture, while 510 primary and secondary schools across the state would receive a bus each.
He further said that the government would provide each nursing school with N200 million while seven new fire-fighting trucks and stations would be provided for new areas.
“We are giving the cheques today because we know you (Church) can drive and make things better for us because we want Anambra to work.
“The Church has proven to have spent our money far better than government,” Obi said.
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh, commended Obi for his prudence with state funds, diligence and sacrifices.
“The savings Obi has done for the people inflicted pains on party members but we have realised that it was for the common good of our people.”
Earlier, the state Commissioner for Education, Dr Uju Okeke, said pupils from the state were performing creditably well in national examinations.
Okeke urged parents, traditional rulers, presidents of communities and stakeholders to visit schools and monitor how the monies were spent with a view to giving reports where necessary.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Local Government, Mrs Azuka Enemo, emphasised that Obi handed over schools to missions to revitalize and inculcate moral values in children.
“As a result of his visionary leadership, the governor identified education as a solution to the social vices that had hitherto bewildered our society.
“He has been able to improve our education sector and I urge you people to support continuity by electing a responsible successor.”
The Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Prof. Chinyere Okunna, said that the governor’s approach to development was aimed at achieving the MDGs of which the state ranked tops among others.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, the Most Rev. Christian Efobi, the Archbishop of Aguata Diocese, on commended the governor, especially for utilising public funds for the intended purposes.
“The Church will continue to be grateful to God for giving us a leader who is fulfilling the mandate given to him.”
Efobi promised that the Church in turn, would not fail the governor in the utilisation of the funds