Obiano promises better tomorrow for Ndi Anambra at Paul University convocation

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GOVERNOR Willie Obiano of Anambra State has said the mandate given to him by Ndi Anambra was for the betterment of the state.

Obiano gave the assurance during the 3rd Convocation of Paul University, Awka on Dec. 11.

He said that his government would continue to invest in human capacity building, as education would always come tops in his administration.

Obiano recalled that from inception his administration had waged a fight against miracle centres, in order to give quality education to students in the state.

He noted that from 2015 to 2017, the growth percentage of education in the state had risen from 60 percent to 75 percent and hopefully to rise to 80 per cent in upcoming years.

The governor was represented at the occasion by Nkem Okeke, his deputy.

Obiano said: “funding and resources are hindrance to quality education in Nigeria, as small percentage of the GDP is given to education”.

He congratulated the graduands and wished them better opportunities to soar higher in life.

The governor, then, appealed to other students to be serious in their studies, so that their stay in the university would be fruitful.

Uche Isiugo-Abanihe, the vice-chancellor Paul University, Awka, said that the university had continued to maintain the standard of excellence as laid down by its founding fathers.

He said they uphold Christian virtues woven into all aspects of lives of staff and student.

“The university has made tremendous progress in the past two years since the University was issued Permanent Certificate of Operation by the Federal Ministry of Education,” Abanihe said.

He explained that with the issuance of permanent certificate, the university had come to stay as a citadel of learning and would take its rightful place in the annals of Nigerian universities.

Nicholas Okoh, a bishop and the chancellor of the University, noted that privately-owned universities should be seen as collaboration and extension of existing universities for the promotion of quality education.

“There must be regard for quality, making it a watchword in the university system; we must strive to make this university highly competitive and not a dumping ground for people with low scores,’’ Okoh said.

He, then, asked for the recall of adult education, stating, “it will make governance easy if we have an educated society’’.

The ceremony, which was a combination of the 3rd and 4th convocation of the university, has a total of 134 graduates, with seven in first Class, 51 in second Class Upper, 59 in second Class Lower and 16 in third Class.

Honorary degree awardees include, the late Alex Ekwueme, a former vice-president of Nigeria, Nicholas Okoh, the Archbishop Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria, Daniel Chukwudozie, CEO Dozzy Group.

 

–   Dec 12, 2017 @ 18:12  GMT |

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