The Minister of Education Prof Tahir Mamman has lauded Akwa Ibom State Governor Pastor Umo Eno for the ongoing remodelling of Christ the King Primary School in Uyo metropolis and other infrastructures in public schools in the state.
Governor Eno while conducting the minister round the project site in Uyo last weekend disclosed that the school remodelling would be replicated across the 31 local government areas in the state.
Eno explained that the school remodelling project was in line with President Tinubu’s vision of reversing the decline in school enrollments, given the importance he attaches to education at the basic level and therefore acknowledged the need for collaboration between all tiers of governments to get it right.
According to the Governor, his administration’s determination to pay attention to education at the primary level was informed by the need to spur up the willingness and passion for education among school children.
Eno emphasized the need for the state and federal governments to collaborate in revamping primary education, and healthcare, amongst others, to the advantage of the states and country in general.
“We call upon the federal Government to support what we are doing. It is about children and the future of our children. Again, I want to underscore something here that the Federal and State Government can collaborate”, he emphasised.
The governor said there was a target in the state to replicate the model school across the 31 Local Government Areas, adding that the model propagation will be complemented with teachers training to ensure a complete facelift for primary education in the state.
He expressed a strong inclination towards rural development and resolve to infrastructure upgrade in primary schools as well as healthcare facilities as a strategy to attain rural development.
He therefore solicited the support and collaboration of companies and other well-placed individuals in such regards.
“I am passionate about rural development but you also know that education is the foundation. Lack of education carries with it a lot of danger. So our ambition is to see what we can do, not just the building. We will furnish it, train the teachers, and ensure that we do a total facelift in our primary education.
“We call upon the federal Government to support what we are doing. It is about children and the future of our children. Again, I want to underscore something here that the Federal and State Governments can collaborate”
Responding, the Honourable Minister said hope for the nation will be brighter if all the governors and federal government can collaborate in education sector.
“Indeed, there is hope for us as a country with the effort of all the Governors and everybody and the Federal Government working together collaboratively.
The Minister of Education, who was in Uyo for the celebration of the University of Lagos 1984 Law Class reunion, was overtly impressed by the initiative and imprints of the Governor Umo Eno led- government and described the gesture as creating an attractive environment and enticement to boost enrollment in schools.
“For us at the federal level, particularly the President, Bola Amed Tinubu, that is our area of focus. We want the out-of-school children to be a matter of history, and this is the way to do it”, the Minister said.