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By Obiageli Nwankwo :

The Governor of Anambra State, Prof Chukwuma Soludo has affirmed that teachers are the greatest while doling out over 1000 Lenovo brand laptops to Headteachers and Principals at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Awka.

Addressing the teachers and top government functionaries who graced the event, Mr. Governor applauded teachers for the great work they do toward moulding the future of the young ones entrusted to them. 


He said that the distribution of the laptops is in alignment with his administration’s quest to transform state schools into smart schools and it starts with those at the helm of leadership. 

He equally highlighted that the teaching profession is not just a job but a vocation. 

“If you want to predict the future of any society, you need to look at the quality of teachers and the quality of teachings obtainable in that society.” 

Prof. Soludo acknowledged that the state teachers are excelling nationally but enjoined them to look beyond the national level to international level and aspire to replicate what their counterparts are doing in the teaching sector.       

He said that the provision of the work tools is to help them be at the cutting edge of technology as the state is looking to train global children who would be useful at home and exportable abroad.

Gov. Soludo pledged that as long as the resources are available, his administration would prioritize the state education sector.                          

“My administration is out to turn schools into smart schools. My administration is out to end the era of schools without teachers, hence, the recruitment of 5000 teachers nine months after the assumption of office as the Governor of the state and the subsequent approval for additional recruitment of 3000 teachers,” he said. 

The governor said that he envisioned an era where every teacher in the state would carry their laptops just as they carry the phone, adding that in line with his administrative pillar on human capital development, basic training on computer skills and provision of WiFi to schools would be implemented. 

In her remarks, the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Ngozi Chuma-Udeh applauded Gov. Soludo for his passion and zeal to elevate the state education sector to international standard.

She acknowledged his dexterity and commitment to the teachers welfare which clearly showed that he is a teacher to the core.

Prof. Chuma-Udeh noted that with the pronouncement of free education by Gov. Soludo, there has been a surge in enrollment in public schools, emphasizing that this is an attestation that Mr. Governor knows and understands the pain points of the populace.

In their separate remarks, the Chairman of the Post Primary School Commission (PPSC), Prof. Nkechi Ikediegwu, and the Chairman of Anambra State Universal Basic Education Board (ASUBEB), Prof. Vera Nwadinobi said that the provision of work tools to teachers would enhance efficiency and prompt service delivery in the sector.

In his vote of thanks, the State President, of the All Nigerian Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), Mr. Jovita Arazu pledged teachers’ unwavering commitment to qualitative education in classrooms and collaborate with Gov. Soludo-led administration in raising a digitalized tribe of students who would be useful at home and exportable abroad.                   

The highlight of the event was the distribution of work tools to Headteachers and Principals.   

The distribution of Laptops to the Headteachers and Principals is the first phase of the initiative, a second phase will comprise the distribution of laptops to each classroom teacher and ICT teacher in all the schools in Anambra State.

*Obiageli is of the Ministry of Information, Anambra State

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