Science teachers in Enugu State yesterday commended Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his “dynamic role” in promoting science education in the state through procurement and distribution of science equipment, computers and other educational materials to both primary and secondary schools for teaching and learning of sciences. The teachers made the commendation when members of the executive committee of the Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN), Enugu State branch, paid a courtesy visit to the governor at the Government House, Enugu.
Speaking on behalf of the teachers, the chairman of the association, Mr. Emma Ofordu, applauded Gov. Ugwuanyi for the prompt payment of workers’ salaries and retirees’ pensions in the state as well as recruitment of over 4000 teachers in primary and secondary schools.
Mr. Ofordu noted that majority of the teachers recruited were science teachers, adding that Gov. Ugwuanyi’s administration has been rehabilitating schools and reconstructing access roads across the state. “With all these done in less than three years in office, we hereby decree with the permission from God that come 2019, the governorship seat is yours, no controversy”, the Chairman stated. He disclosed that the association has recorded remarkable achievements in promoting cooperation among science teachers, educators and administrators in Nigeria with a view to raising the standard of science education, among others.
Responding, Gov. Ugwuanyi reiterated his administration’s commitment to continue to support the revitalization of science, vocational and technical education in the state to provide sustainable manpower development and boost employment potential among the youth. Gov. Ugwuanyi, who was represented by his deputy, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, affirmed the state government’s continued support and assistance to science teachers in the state for the speedy realization of “our collective aspirations for science education in Enugu State” to reap the inherent benefits.
According to him, “it is also the aspiration of the government to leverage on the advantages and opportunities offered by science and technology to help turn Enugu State into the industrial hub of the South East region”.He therefore, appreciated the association for its efforts towards the promotion of science education and the stimulation of children’s interest in sciences.
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