Anambra State Government has called for Public-Private Partnership to transform the education sector
Governor Willie Obiano made the call at the commissioning of a hostel at Government Technical College, Umuchu, Aguata Local Government Area.
The project has seven hundred and fifty bed capacity, four free rooms, five dormitories with toilets and bathrooms, solar-powered electricity, borehole with ten thousand liters overhead tanks and porters room in each of the floors, among others.
Governor Obiano, who noted that some workers who constructed the building and perimeter fence were students of the school, said that the government cannot do it alone and encouraged other people to support the school.
While pointing out that technical education makes people self-reliant, Governor Obiano expressed satisfaction with the progress made by the school, and disclosed that all the buildings in the school were done by the present administration.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Basic Education, Professor Kate Omenugha maintained that the governor has given teachers confidence that they can now hold their heads high among their counterparts, saying that the trainings and debates in various countries of the world have translated into a retinue of awards by teachers and students and called on other ndi Anambra to emulate Chief Samuel Ezekwo who is furnishing the hostel and do the ones in their respective communities
She explained that the entrepreneurial spirit of Anambra students have been unleashed under the present administration.
While expressing gratitude that the Governor’s commitment has informed a change in public perception of technical education, the principal of the school Mr. Wilfred Nkwoka commended the Governor’s resolve to reposition the education sector in the state and expressed gratitude to Chief Samuel Ezekwo whose father, Catechist Gabriel Ezekwo reportedly among other Umuchu leaders founded and handed over the college to the then Anambra State government as a technical school around 1970.
In his remarks the member representing Aguata Constituency One in the State House of Assembly, Mr. Carter Umeh, said that Governor Obiano has done well in human capital development
Presentation of portraits, inspection of beds and building as well as official commissioning of the project were highpoints of the ceremony.
The member representing Aguata Constituency Two in the State House of Assembly, Honourable Okechukwu Okoye, stakeholders in Aguata local government area, the education Community, teachers and students, attended the event.