REPORTER: BEN ILECHUKWU
Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State has reiterated his administration’s commitment to position the state in the World map as a centre of excellence for robust human capital development through the recruitment of quality teachers.
Governor Soludo stated this while presenting appointment letters to five thousand newly recruited teachers at the International Conference Centre in Awka.
The atmosphere was joyful and convivial as the newly recruited teachers selected across the twenty-one local government areas, including non-Anambra indigenes, converged to recieve their appointment letters.
Governor Soludo, explained that about two thousand, five hundred teachers would be deployed to the primary schools while remaining two thousand five hundred teachers would be deployed to secondary schools to end the menace of schools without teachers.
Governor Soludo maintained that his administration had kept its promise in line with his campaign manifesto to give Anambra children quality education, even as he assured of prompt payment of teachers’ salaries.
Governor Soludo remarked that barely eight months in office, his administration had recorded giant strides in its five pillars, including security, law and order and construction of about 230km roads across the state.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Education, Professor Ngozi Chuma-Udeh, claimed that Governor Soludo’s passion for education attracted her to work with him.
She noted that since 1998 no state had employeed such magnitude of teachers at once.
The Education Commissioner congratulated the newly employed teachers and enjoined them to justify their appointment in their service delivery.
Professor Chuma-Udeh also hinted that teachers would be upgraded to meet with global standards.
Also, the Executive Chairperson of ASUBEB, Dr. Vera Nwadinobi, thanked the Governor for taking the initiative of recruiting quality teachers in good number.
She also noted that the criteria for selection ensured that the best were selected without any sentiments.
For the chairperson of Post Primary School Service Commission (PPSSC), Professor Nkechi Ikedigwu, the previous era of Anambra State lacking teachers in core subjects, including English and Mathematics was over.
Professor Ikedigwu said the selection process was done on merit while subjecting the candidate’s to two rigorous CBT exams and oral/written interviews, and without consideration to state of origin.
Some of the teachers, who spoke with Radio Nigeria, expressed their excitement while lauding Governor Soludo led administration for its initiatives.
They promised to carry out their job diligently.
EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU