Anambra State Governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo has called for stronger partnerships in the development of the State’s education sector.
Governor Soludo made the call during the I.G Aguowo Health and Academic Foundation, IGAHAF, education workshop and scholarship award ceremony held in Awka.
The I.G Aguowo Health and Academic Foundation, which commenced in 2019, focuses on helping young and less privileged persons in the society.
Between December 2019 to March 2021, several people have been mobilized to, among other things, work as major trustees of the Foundation.
Speaking at the event, Governor Soludo, represented by the Commissioner for Education, Professor Ngozi Chuma-Udeh, called on resourceful stakeholders to join hands with the government to resuscitate community schools in Anambra State.
Governor Soludo commended the foundation for helping indigent children in their academic pursuit, and advised the well-to-do to emulate the footsteps of the founder, Chief Onyeka Aguowo.
On the aims and objectives of I.G Aguowo Health and Academic Foundation, the benefactor, Chief Aguowo, explained that the prime mission of the foundation is to provide free basic education for the less privileged in the society and to lead the campaign for citizen’s access to free education and healthcare, among others.
Chief Aguowo further solicited the full support of Anambra State Government in achieving its objectives, even as he urged parents of beneficiaries to play their role in seeing that the efforts of the foundation are not in vain.
On their parts, the Traditional Ruler of Nibo Community, Awka South Local Government Area, Igwe Michael Ngene, his Umuawulu counterpart, Igwe Joel Egwuonwu, the Dean, Faculty of Physical Science, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Professor Josephat Ogbuagu, Mrs Obianuju Chiekezie among others, said support to students by the foundation is a great way of promoting education in Nigeria and urged the beneficiaries to strive for excellence.
Speaking to the Akelicious, the best three beneficiaries for the 2021/2022 Academic Session, Daniel Chukwuemeka from Holy Ghost Academy, Awka, Chiemerie Okolo from Nwano Nwimo Memorial Secondary School, Awka, and Precious Nwufo from Nneoma Secondary School, Nibo, expressed appreciation to their benefactor, describing the empowerment as a golden opportunity to further their academic pursuits and achieve life goals and assured not to disappoint Chief Aguowo.
The event featured lectures and presentation of certificates to the beneficiaries.