THE EDUCATOR - February 22

Emulate Mrs. Ahunanya, Abia Education Commissioner Tells Principals  

Creating a conducive Environment for learning has been the pressing challenge the school system in Nigeria face

Many especially stakeholders in the Education sector believe that the condition has come to a point where state of emergency is required to declare in the sector. They are on the opinion that for the system to work effectively it should not be the work of Government alone, all hands must be on desk to make the education system function well.

In Abia State, since the inception of the present administration of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, concerted effort is being made to make the school system work especially in the areas of infrastructural development.

With the directive by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to make school system in Abia State work, the Commissioner for Education in the state, Prof. Ikechi Mgbeoji know full well the infrastructural challenges the school system is facing when he assumed office. And also he discovered that levies collected by the school heads were far high for system that is said to be running free education.

To curb this menace, the Abia State commissioner for Education, prof. Ikechi Mgbeoji streamlined the development levy not to be above N5000, and half of it is paid to the ministry of education as development levy. But one remarkable thing is that this fund has been utilized to renovate schools in the state. A step Mrs. Nelly Uchechi Ahunanya, principal, Girls Secondary Commercial School Aba said is the best thing to happen in Abia School system so far.

Mrs. Nelly Uchechi Ahunanya in an occasion recently in Aba to commission a block of 3 classrooms she built with the support of the school P.T. A and friends of the school, thanked the P.T. A and the Commissioner for education Prof.Ikechi Mgbeoji for their supports, and applauded the passion of Governor Okezie Victor Ikpeazu in transforming Abia State educational sector.      

“Honestly, I can say is the best so far since the inception of Abia Secondary Management Board. There are too many things happening now which we did not see before especially in area of infrastructural development. through our Commissioner, prof. Ikechi Mgbeoji backing there are incentives, School enrollment has increased, so many pupils who left public school as a result of poor study environment are now coming back", Mrs. Ahunanya said.

The principal of Girls Secondary Commercial School Aba Mrs. Ahunanya said the Abia Commissioner for Education, Prof. Mgbeoji paid a listening ear for her idea to renovate dilapidated school block in the school.

According to Mrs. Ahunanya, her usual way of making sure she leaves a legacy wherever she found herself paid off as the Hon. Commissioner gave her the necessary support to renovate some of the class room blocks in the school.

“I got the necessary support needed from our Hon. Commissioner for the feelings I have for the children over the infrastructural challenges we have. I found out that we are joking up by these challenges. I take upon myself to leave a legacy in the school, which I usually do. So when I approached the Hon. Commissioner, prof. Mgbeoji, I got his approval immediately, and with the little assistance from the parents which he also approved we got it done", she said.

In his Respond, the commissioner for Education Abia State, Prof.Ikechi Mgbeoji commended the principal of Girl's Secondary commercial Aba for keying into Governor Ikpeazu's Education policy program tagged "Friends of Abia Schools".

He charged other Principals to emulate the hard work of Mrs.Nelly Ahunanya, adding that some other principals have the same opportunity to develop their school infrastructure but divert such funds to suit their own selfish interest.

Miss Mesie Precious Chidinma and Ono Comfort both SS1 students who spoke on behalf of the students expressed happiness and appreciated their principal over the renovation of the classroom blocks and called on the Government to give more support to the infrastructural development in schools.

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has earlier launched Friends of Abia schools initiatives which aimed at bringing lively the Old Boys Association and attract philanthropists to adopt a school and fund infrastructural development in that school.