Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State has declared that his administration will allocate 30% of the state’s 2024 budget to the educational sector, News About Nigeria reports.
Speaking at the 19th convocation ceremony of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), Governor Mbah emphasised the pivotal role of education in the fight against poverty, stating that it remains the state’s greatest weapon.
He expressed his determination to provide world-class education, even to the most disadvantaged children in remote areas, utilising 21st-century tools.
Governor Mbah, also a visitor to ESUT, outlined plans for radical changes, particularly in basic education, as part of a revolutionary strategy to revamp the educational system from basic schools to tertiary institutions.
He highlighted anticipated curricula and knowledge delivery changes, emphasising a significant transformation in basic schools where children spend their initial nine years of schooling.
In support of this vision, the governor revealed the completion of one smart school, the award of contracts for nine additional smart schools, and plans for constructing 250 more within 14 months, covering all 260 wards.
The smart schools will feature internet access, solar power, robotics and artificial intelligence centres, modern ICT facilities, well-equipped laboratories, creative production studios, and interactive digital whiteboards, among other amenities.
Governor Mbah commended ESUT’s management for aligning with the government’s vision for tertiary education.
ESUT’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Alloysius-Michaels Okolie, praised Governor Mbah’s educational vision and policies, highlighting the institution’s repositioning aligned with the governor’s objectives.
The convocation ceremony also witnessed the conferment of honorary doctorate degrees on notable individuals, including Osagie Okunbor, MD of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited, Ike Chioke, Group MD of Afrivest West Africa Ltd, and Surv Ugochukwu Chime, a leading estate developer.
Additionally, recognitions and cash awards were presented to outstanding students, led by the best-graduating student, Miss Barbara Ijeoma Ikeonyia.