Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has reiterated his administration’s commitment to rehabilitate infrastructure in educational and health institutions across the state.
Governor Emmanuel stated this when the Prelate Emeritus, His Eminence Sunday Mbang led the Old boys of Methodist Boys High School in Oron Local Government Area on a courtesy visit at the Government House, Uyo.
He said his passion for Education and Health care need of the citizens informed his decision to embark on the rehabilitation of schools and hospitals as it has been the case in St. Lukes Hospital Anua, Cornelia Cornely College Afaha Oku, Salvation Army Secondary School Efa which infrastructure were dilapidated and assured of similar intervention in other institutions irrespective of the owners.
“Education and Health are the areas that attract my attention. What I do in medicare and education is based on needs assesment. If I don’t borrow money to invest in education I don’t know what i’ll borrow money to do. I don’t know how many of you saw the extent of dilapidation at the Salvation Army Secondary School Efa. Today if you get to the place we have completly turn it around same with other institutions. “
Mr Emmanuel stated that despite paucity of funds his administration would strive to upgrade infrastructure in the health and education sectors and maintained that education is the pivot for intellectual development as such no investment in it could be considered a waste.
While lauding the Old Boys of the institution for the passion shown to their alma mater, a school founded more than a century ago, Governor Emmanuel said such relics should be maintained for posterity as a way of appreciating investment of the early missionaries who did not only bring the scriptures but deemed it necessary to provide schools and hospitals for intellectual development and well-being of the society.
Earlier, Prelate Sunday Mbang who was a student of the school in the 50s, said that the visit was to intimate the Governor of the home coming celebration of the old boys of the institution slated for 12th through 18th September this year and used the occasion to invite the Governor to participate in the week- long celebration.
He highlighted the challenges facing the school to include decayed infrastructure, erosion menace, lack of teachers occasioned by the return of schools to missions by government saying that the missions do not have adequate funds to manage the institutions and solicited government assistance to enable the schools regain their lost glories.
Also, Ambassador Etim Uyeh said that a visit to the school triggers feeling of nostalgia and appealed to the state government to initiate the process of managing institutions owned by missions in the state.
He said the Old boys have been able to provide an Assembly Hall with support from Exxon Mobil and made a case for re- introduction of boarding system as well as posting of Chaplains to schools to help inculcate sound morals on the young minds and thanked the Governor for keepng education on the front burner of his administration.
On hand to receive the guest were Secretary to the State Government, Sir Etekamba Umoren, Head of Civil Service Mrs Ekerebong Akpan, Commissioner for Works Akparawa Ephraim Inyang, Commissioner for Lands and Town Planning Mr Uwem Ita Etuk, Commissioner for Housing And Urban Renewal, Mr Enoobong Uwah, Commissioner for Environment Dr Iniobong Essien and some Permanent Secretaries.