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COMPLEMENTING THE EFFORTS OF HIS EXCELLENCY APOSTLE, DR. ENGR. DAVID NWEZE UMAHI (FNSE, FNATE) IN BASIC EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT: THE ONICHA LOCAL GOVERNMENT EDUCATION AUTHORITY EXAMPLE, 2015 TO DATE.
PREAMBLE:

Education, according to Nelson Mandela is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world. This axiom clearly confirms the role, which education plays in the remodeling of the society, and its power point in transforming of the economic, social, political and cultural spheres of a nation as well as the empowerment of its citizens.

In Onicha local government education authority, for instance, the transformational campaign, and aggressive developmental strides of the Amiable Governor of Ebonyi State, FNSE, FNATE in all sectors of the state economy have had great impact on the basic education sub-sector.

The universal basic education and the free education programmes of the Federal Government and the State Government have received a boost divergently , powered by classical infrastructure-classroom block, education facilities and equipment, such as magic white boards, computer sets, intro- tech equipment, assorted textbooks/curricular on different subject areas, school furniture-desks, tables, chairs, among others, courtesy of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Ebonyi State.

PROJECT EXECUTION AND MONITORING:

Affirming his resolve to create conducive environment for education to thrive in Onicha local education authority, His Excellency ensured full execution and completion of school blocks allocated to primary and junior secondary schools in the area. The authority of Onicha local education monitored the rehabilitation and construction of the school blocks to ensure compliance with laid down specification in the project execution.

PAYMENT OF TEACHERS SALARIES:

Onicha local government education authority braced the challenge of sustaining and enhancing of the welfare of its teachers with vigour and passion. It ensured that the state government’s policy on payment of teachers’ salaries on or before 15th of every month was not jeopardized on the altar of negligence or dereliction of duty. The account head and staff of the LGEA are readily determined to prioritize the welfare of the teachers in this regard, hence prompt payment of teachers salaries as statutorily required as soon as they are released.

MONITORING AND SUPERVISION OF SCHOOLS AND ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES:

Between 2015 and date, thorough supervision and monitoring of schools, teachers and academic activities have been the leverage behind enhanced discipline, progress, punctuality and regularity of teachers, pupils and students to school. Collation of essential data that informed the statistics submitted to Ebonyi SUBEB has been responsible for the proper planning and management of the schools in the Onicha local government council.

It is also pertinent to note that apart from the regular routine or spot checks and full management supervision carried out by the education authority, it has equally embarked on the supervision and monitoring of First School Leaving Certificate, FSLC, Basic Education Certificate, (BEC) and Common Entrance Examinations as well as the implementation of Home Grown School Feeding Programme across the primary and junior secondary schools in Onicha local government Area. This is a bid to stem the tides of examination malpractices, crises, double salary earning, payrolling of deceased staff and other social vices.

DISTRIBUTION OF EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS:

The Onicha local government education authority has remained committed to its task of grassroots oriented services. All the education materials, such as text books, magic white boards, school desks, intro-tech/library equipment, computer sets and other sensitive instructional materials meant for public primary and junior secondary schools in Onicha LGA were lifted from Ebonyi SUBEB headquarters and delivered to the benefitting schools accordingly. These veritable education instruments have since been put to use to strengthen academic activities in the schools.

CONCLUSION:

Holistically, public primary and junior secondary schools in Onicha local government education authority have experienced tremendous revolutions through the enviable intervention of the Education Loving Governor of Ebonyi State, His Excellency, Chief Engr. David Nweze Umahi, FNSE, FNATE Within the period under review.
Formidable infrastructure and facilities in forms of renovated and new classroom blocks, instructional materials, assorted pupils seater desks, equipment and electronic gadgets for technological development of pupils and students are on use and display for a testimony in our public primary and junior secondary schools.
Indeed, Onicha local government education authority has benefitted immensely from the magnanimity of our dear Governor educationally. The authority will ceaselessly adopt his concepts, assign value to his programmes and policies and carefully represent his land mark achievements in the basic education sub-sector towards consolidating on the development of children of Onicha local government area in the field of education as already established by the Executive Governor of Ebonyi State-Salt of the Nation.
Congratulations, Our Dynamic Governor, His Excellency, Apostle Dr. David Nweze Umahi, FNSE, FNATE.

Mrs. Ani , Stella U.
Education Secretary.