The standard bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the November 18, 2017 Anambra State governorship election,
Mr. Oseloka Obaze, has said that if elected into office, he will commit 26 per cent of the state’s budget to education.From the figure, 10 per cent of the education budget will be dedicated to private schools and those owned by missions.
Obaze announced the funding policy when he visited Akpu in Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra State. He said that Anambra primary school pupils deserve better amenities.
The PDP candidate, midway into the visit, elected to use the pupils’ convenience in a nearby primary school. He observed that the toilets were clean and sanitised, but could be greatly improved upon to meet modern standards.
According to him, Anambra school children deserve better deal.
Beyond amenities, Obaze said that teachers’ training and retraining, access to computer and Internet facilities, teaching and learning aids, appropriately sized classrooms, as well furnished laboratories are essential to 21st Century learning.
He pledged that his government will prioritise education and ensure that Anambra children are properly equipped to excel in a highly competitive global education marketplace.
Citing Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that “education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages,” Obaze promised that his administration would grant all Anambra children from nursery school to Junior Secondary School (JSS 3) free but quality education.
Mr. Obaze is the former Secretary to the State Government of Anambra State, Nigeria from 2012 to 2015 - MD & CEO, Oseloka H. Obaze. Mr. Obaze also served as a former United Nations official, from 1991-2012, and as a former member of the Nigerian Diplomatic Service, from 1982-1991.
Selonnes Consult Ltd. is a Strategic Policy, Good Governance and Management Consulting Firm, founded by Mr. Oseloka H. Obaze who served as Secretary to Anambra State Government from 2012-2015; a United Nations official from 1991-2012 and a Nigerian Foreign Service Officer from 1982-1991.