- Over N200m to 433 Catholic schools, N140m to Anglicans
IN a bid to ensure that qualitative basic education is regularly upgraded in missionary schools all over the state, the government of Anambra State has issued monies worth N211,168,125.00 to Catholic Mission Schools in Anambra State, while their Anglican counterparts went home with N145, 968,750. 00 for infrastructural development.
Speaking while presenting the cheque of government’s grant at Shanahan Hall, Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha, Gov. Obiano described basic education as very fundamental to child development, expressing his optimism that beneficiary schools would put the money to judicious use.
He presented Anglican missionary schools with their cheque at Emmaus House Complex, Awka, in a ceremony attended by Anglican Bishops in the state and the Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province, Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, thanked the governor for sustaining Anambra’s traditional excellence in value-driven basic education, which the prelate described as critical to children upbringing.
Receiving the cheques on behalf of the Catholic Mission, Archbishop and Metropolitan of Onitsha Catholic Archdiocese, Most Reverend Valerian Okeke lauded the governor’s intervention, saying Obiano is sustaining the tradition of excellence for which posterity will remember him
The governor was accompanied to both ceremonies by Commissioner for Basic Education, Prof Kate Omenugha and Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (ASUBEB), Chief Nzemeka Olisa, as well as other policy formulators in the state basic education system.
The governor further stated that the strategic intervention is to bolster the state’s partnership with the Church in the area of education, adding that the policy is already yielding desired results to justify the funds committed to it.
However, he explained that the funds were for the 433 schools that were handed over to the Catholic Mission by the state and under the phase,
the schools have a maximum of six weeks to execute the chosen projects, stressing that the monies was given to the two churches according to the number of schools handed over to each of them by the government.