Newspaper Report: Obiano wants more access to education for Nigerian children

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Obiano wants more access to education for Nigerian children

By: Tony Okafor (The  PUNCH Newspaper)

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April 4th, 2018

The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano on Friday made a case for more access to education for Nigerian children. 
He warned that Nigeria will be unable to sustain high level of growth and productivity without increased access to education.
He said the trouble with Nigeria is that most children still could not have access to education due to lack of funding.

Obiano stated this at Aguleri, Anambra East LGA when the Onyebuchi Chris Ifediora Foundation gave scholarship to some indigent students of the Omambala clan of the state.
The governor who was represented by the Chairman Post Primary Secondary School Commission, Mrs. Joy Ulasi, noted that government alone could not meet the education requirements of its citizenry.
He commended the foundation for sustaining the scholarship of some indigent students in the area, while calling on well meaning citizens of the state to invest in education, stressing that education was the key to the future.

The foundation paid registration fees for the  West African Senior Certificate Examination Council and the National Examination Council for indigent students in Omabala clan of the state.

Presenting the award to the benefiting students at the Father Joseph Memorial High School, Aguleri, Anambra East LGA ,  the founder/president of OCI foundation, Dr Chris Ifediora, said the scholarship was informed because the area was educationally backward.
He said the scholarships would  cover WAEC and NECO fees for  senior school students and  students of  Junior  Secondary School  Certificate Examination.

His address read in part,”This scheme currently benefits mainly the Omambala people, and this is so because the Omambala area, where Dr. Chris Ifediora, the founder of the OCI Foundation hails from, is one area of Anambra State whose people are not as academically privileged as those in the rest of our dear state.
“However, the programme also rewards high performing non-indigenes of Anambra East L.G.A attending these same schools.”

He added that the winners of the  awards were selected on merit through competitive annual processes, stressing that the Senior Award winners were the best performing students among a group of 35 drawn from the 10 eligible schools in the area.
He said the beneficiaries underwent, “a one-off examination, called the IFOMSSA Challenge, which is held in January of every year, and organised by the Otuocha Zone of the Post Primary Secondary School Commission, while the  Junior Award winners were  Nsugbe indigenes.

He said  the scholarship would be extended up to university level subsequently.

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