Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State is happy with the performance of the state’s candidates in the 2013 West African Senior School Certificate Examination
| By Anayo Ezugwu | Apr. 28, 2014 @ 01:00 GMT
THEODORE Orji, governor of Abia State, has lauded the performance of the state in the 2013 West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE. The results released by WAEC showed that Abia State was the second overall best state in the examinations with 65.17 percent.
Governor Orji said apart from his government’s assurances on continued support to the educational sector in the state, he would ensure that all Abians have access to qualitative and affordable education under a conducive learning environment. The governor who declared that education remained the only key that would unleash development in all parts of the state, called on parents to enrol their children into primary and secondary schools. According to him, doing so would help to make them become useful to themselves having acquired knowledge.
“I am elated by the performance of Abia State in the official WASSCE results made available to the public recently. That we came overall second after Anambra State, only goes to show that our decision to invest in the educational sector, was a step in the right direction. And I believe that we can do better than this. Since Abia State is number one in the country alphabetically, we must strive to maintain the first position in all endeavours. If you recall, during the presentation of the 2014 Appropriation Bill titled, ‘Budget of Legacy Consolidation’ to the State House of Assembly, I said that education remained the only key to developing Abia State. To this end, this government is poised to stamp out every trace of illiteracy in the state by ensuring continuous increased allocation of resources to the sector,” he said.
In a statement, Charles Ajunwa, chief press secretary to Governor Orji, expressed happiness over the development and attributed the feat recorded in the 2013 WASSCE by Abia State to the new reforms introduced by government in the educational sector.
The results released by the West African Examination Council, WAEC, showed that 12 states in Nigeria recorded percentages that were above the national average in the following order: Anambra State (67.85 percent), Abia State (65.17 percent), Rivers State (58.56 percent), Lagos State (56.03 percent), Cross River State (53.34 percent), Bayelsa State (51.66 percent), Enugu State (50.22 percent), Delta State (46.49 percent), Imo State (46.03percent), Abuja (43.9 percent), Ogun (39.92 percent), and Kaduna (39.47 percent).