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…calls for its extension to private schools
FORMER Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi has kicked against the implementation of the Universal Basic Education Commission’s Programme in Nigeria saying that the programme should have not excluded pupils in private schools.
Obi stated this on Thursday during his visit to Madonna Academy, Iyiowa, Odekpe, in Onitsha Metropolis.
According to the ex governor who has never hidden his interest in education emphasized on how other African countries like Kenya and Rwanda he had visited in the course of school support implemented their universal basic education policy, called on Nigerian government to strengthen UBEC to accommodate Nigerian children whether in private or public schools.
He insisted that it was about time emergency was declared on education in the country.
“In Kenya for example, money meant for schools are sent directly to the schools because allowing it to go through intermediaries subject it to shedding of weight along many toll gates”, Obi said.
Obi who made a donation of N1 million to the school for infrastructural support, encouraged the pupils and students of Modona Accademy to see education as a necessary companion in life.
The Principal of the Academy, Mr. Nnamdi Nnodi in his vote of thanks recalled how Obi provided computers, buses, Internet, and all basic facilities to Anambra schools and thanked him for continued support of the schools.