Ikeakor to Soludo : Equip Schools, Raise security bar in Anambra

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Felix Oti ,Awka

The Anglican Bishop of Amichi Diocese, Rt.Rev. Ephraim Ikeakor has urged the governor of Anambra state, Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo raise security bar in the state equip schools with computers for younger ones rather than giving them to aged staff who doesn’t know it’s value and functionalities.

Ikeakor made the call during 2024 synod held at Immanuel Anglican Church, Ekwulumili in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra

Bishop Ikeakor commended the Governor, Prof. Soludo for the various road projects he has embarked on across the state including the ongoing construction of flyover at Ekwulobia.

“That singular project will be a great game changer in the movement of vehicles, people and goods, he said.

“However, we need to call the attention of His Excellency to the fact that Security still remains a very critical challenge in Anambra state. The issue of Kidnapping is rearing its ugly head on daily basis in various parts of the State.

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“Places like Ukpo-Ukwulu axis needs very urgent security attention. Uga-Amesi-Umuchu-Umunze road has become kidnappers feasting avenue without confrontation.

“Awka Capital City and its environs are not spared either. We appeal to our able governor to raise the bar of Security higher than what it is currently in Anambra State. It is still a great mystery that Criminals and kidnappers can be communicating with phones while negotiating with victims of their nefarious activities in this digital and technologically advanced age, and yet security operatives seem helpless in tracking them down.

“This is an embarrassing evidence of technological backwardness in both our nation at large, and Anambra State in particular.

The fiery preacher also reminded the governor the need to review the activities of revenue agents in the state as well as his lopsided attention to public schools.

“In another development, we plead with his Excellency to carefully scrutinize the activities and modus operandi of government revenue collectors in the State. Things should be done differently in this modern age and generation.

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“May we still remind the Governor that both Government owned schools and Mission owned schools are all working for the betterment of Education in Anambra State. The recent pendulum of attention to Schools swinging towards the Government Public Schools is not the best arrangement.

“The State Government should stop discriminating against returned Mission Schools in terms of recruitment and posting of qualified teachers. The State and Church have been and will continue to be partners in progress.

“Your Excellency, we know that you meant well when you decided to gift every Headmaster, Headmistress, and Principals in Government public schools a Laptop.

“This is very commendable ideally, but what is more important is “what purpose was that meant to serve’? Giving Laptop to a category of civil servants with almost no knowledge of how to use the laptop is as good as nothing.

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” I am of the opinion that if Government has used those laptops to build and equip computer laboratories in the Secondary Schools to engage and teach this age bracket who are internet natives, it would have been very beneficial to the state and the students. We pray that Government should always listen to the opinion and informed suggestions from trusted sincere stakeholders, instead of Praise singers and sycophants.

“Your Excellency, while we commend the use of local or indigenous road Contractors to construct our roads, attention should be given to quality of work they are doing on the road. It is still colossal economic waste for the State to be constructing roads that do not endure or survive one year raining season

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