Edo State government has restated its commitment to reposition the state’s education sector to deliver better learning outcomes that are relevant to current needs.
Commissioner for Education in the state, Hon. Emmanuel Agbale, gave the assurance while commissioning chairs and tables donated by the Niger College Old Students Association (NICOSA), class of 1992, in Benin City.
According to Agbale, “The Edo State governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, is very passionate about revamping the state’s education sector and has commenced the training of teachers on the use of modern technology to improve teaching and learning outcomes in the basic education sub-sector. This training will be extended to the senior secondary schools across the state while efforts are ongoing to address the infrastructural challenge in some schools.”
He commended the 1992 set of Niger College, for “appreciating the concept of giving back to their alma mater,” adding that the Obaseki-led administration appreciates contributions from old students, parents, host communities and other stakeholders in the development of the education sector.
He assured that his ministry will attend to the requests for more chairs, library and laboratories for the school.
Special Adviser to the Edo State Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, said the gesture is coming at a time the state government is partnering with all stakeholders for the sector’s uplift.
“Governor Obaseki’s approach to issues is wholistic. He does not believe in tokenistic approach to problems. In the education sector, every stakeholder is being carried along to play their part. This donation is commendable and we want similar associations to rise to the occasion and give back to their old schools,” Osagie added.
Earlier, President of the Class 92 of Niger College, Mr Isaac Aimurie, said the chairs and tables were sponsored by their members spread across the world.
The class embarked on the remodelling of the sculptural representation of Niger College badge, sponsored two teachers for a training on the detection of Neurodevelopmental disorders in school age children at the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Uselu, Benin City, after a member of their class was treated at the centre, courtesy of the class.
The Principal of the school, Mr Fred Omodamwen, expressed the appreciation of the school to the old students and the commissioner for gracing the occasion.