Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has again spoken of his commitment to implement free and qualitative education policy which would help every Akwa Ibom Child stand out among his contemporaries anywhere in the world.
Governor Udom Emmanuel who was the guest speaker at the 8th Teachers’ Award for Excellence in Akwa Ibom State Public Secondary Schools, organized by Inoyo Toro Foundation at Le Meridian Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort, Uyo, at the occasion, announced plans to establish ten model Secondary Schools in the Ten Federal Constituencies of the State.
He said the Institutions, when established, will address the basic educational needs and develop talents that would enable every Akwa Ibom Child to rise and achieve his full potential.
The Governor said that his administration would give priority attention to the training of teachers to enable them impact knowledge to the students under their care.
To achieve this, he said that eighty percent of Inter-ministerial projects would be directed to the educational sector to provide conducive learning environment for the children and that his administration has ensured prompt payment of teacher’s salaries as well as entitlements of the retired school teachers.
He commended the Inoyo Toro Foundation for organizing the programme to reward excellence and congratulated the award recipients for distinguishing themselves in their various fields.
Governor Emmanuel, pointed out that the industrialization policy of his administration is aimed at creating wealth and employment for the youths on graduation in their studies.
The Governor hinted that license has been given by the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to upgrade the current power generation from One hundred and ninety One to Six Hundred and Eighty Five Megawatt in the Ibom Power Plant.
This infrastructure, according to the Governor, would enhance uninterrupted power supply and boost the industrialization programme of his administration.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Award Screening Committee, Dr. Enobong Joshua, said the event which started eight years ago was organized to celebrate excellence in the teaching profession.
He listed modalities used in the assessment to include; appraisal of learning environment, availability of laboratories, Libraries as well as performance of the School in external examinations. He added that the teacher is also assessed on his productivity and professional competence in his subject area.
Dr. Joshua said that this year’s award was in the area of Mathematics, English Language, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Economics and Fine Arts.
He expressed appreciation to the Governor on his investment in education and thanked the consultant for his role in ensuring a smooth selection process.
Dr.Joshua advised teachers in public schools to be more committed to their duties and congratulated them for their success in mentoring the future leaders of our state and Country. He charged the winners not to rest on their oars but strived to maximize their potentials.
The event featured Cash and plagues presentation to award winners in various categories.