Anambra wants support of philanthropists, other stakeholders to boost science, technology

Anambra State government, Wednesday, sought supports from stakeholders and philanthropists to boost the quality of science and technology education.

The Chairman, Post Primary Schools Service Commission (PPSC), Professor Nkechi Ikediugwu, disclosed this at 4th edition and grand finale of Dr Chinedu Umeadi Foundation (DCUF) annual science quiz competition held in Awka, the State capital.

The event featured awards presentations, price-giving and induction of best students, teachers and principals as ambassadors of Dr Chinedu Umeadi Foundation.

Ikediugwu, who argued that education was greatest gifts every child wants, explained that efforts of governor Chukwuma Soludo to revamp and uplift education sector needs collaborative efforts and investments from corporate organisations and spirited individuals.

According to her, this could come through organising of quizzes, debates, presentations of school materials, awards and other competitions so as to build students capacity, skills and confidence academically.

Also speaking, the founder and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Chinedu Umeadi Foundation (DCUF), Dr Chinedu Umeadi, urged students to be studies and utilise their natural abilities, talents and skills for self development and betterment of society.

“Education offers you greater opportunity to be celebrated. We are here to celebrate your academic excellence and prepare you for greater celebrations ahead. Kindly use education to rediscover yourself, natural abilities and skills. These will reposition you to uplift society tomorrow. Keep on soaring higher because you are future of tomorrow we have today,” he added.

Contributing, the Chairman of the occasion and Vice Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Professor Charles Esimone, and the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Revd. Paulinus Ezeokafor, commended the foundation for investing on education, even as they admonished students not to be distracted so as to benefit from such kind gestures.

Earlier, Sir Ikem Onwuadi, the Coordinator, Dr Chinedu Umeadi Foundation, disclosed that the programme was aimed at emancipation of children through education, adding that 217 public schools participated but at the end, winners emerged from the zonal level to the State level at both Senior and Junior Secondary Schools categories.