By Gladys Nweke
The Rivers State government led by Governor Ezenwo Nyeson Wike is determined to make a difference in the areas of environmental sanitation and education. This observation was made during the courtesy visit to the commissioner in charge of services in the Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB), Sir Precious Baridoo, who is the Knight of St Christopher.
He is also the IPAC chairman and the gubernatorial candidate of Accord Party in the just-concluded 2019 general elections in Rivers State. He led candidates of other parties to endorse Wike for second term.
In his speech, he noted that as the newly appointed member of the Universal Basic Education Board, the governor instructed that they should improve the enrolment in schools. He noted that there are many departments such as junior secondary school, primary and Early Child Care Education Development (ECCED). He said these three departments are functioning and the new board is taking care of every step to ensure that by September 2019, when the school resumes, there will be campaign for parents to bring their children to school.
He also advised parents not to pay any fees of any kind to teachers, head teachers and principals since the governor had removed any chargeable fees from the pupils.
Baridoo also called on the general public to send their children to Model Junior Girls Boarding School, Mgbodo Aluuo, and urged them not to pay any charges except their boarding fees only.
He emphasized that there are 500 Nursery Schools in Rivers State and the Nursery section which is Early Child Care Education Development (ECCED) has been activated. From Monday to Wednesday, he said, the three senatorial districts the teachers in those sections have been trained and given mandate to start acting as the head and report directly to the director in charge of the ECCED.
In terms of equipping the public schools, he said the governor has a vision and mandate to equip the public schools and the modalities are on ground especially now that there is holiday. Before the schools resume, he added, there would be changes in the schools as he said the governor charged them to work towards making meaningful contributions that will develop the state and functional institution for the growth of the state.