Anambra 2021: PDP guber aspirant promises to reposition education sector
By Gabriel Chy Alonta
A frontline gubernatorial aspirant under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2021 Anambra governorship election, Hon. Chris Azubogu, has promised to reposition educational sector by collaborating with members of the academia in developing key transformational policies.
Azubogu, member representing Nnewi North and South and Ekwusigo federal constituency in the House of Representatives, decried the poor conditions of educational institutions, while expressing optimism that if elected, he would reshape both state and federal owned institutions in the state.
He made this promise over a zoom meeting, when he interacted with members of Academic Frontiers Initiative (AFI), a group of lecturers in tertiary institutions committed to supporting good governance in Anambra state and Nigeria, at large.
According to him, “I have years of experience in legislation. I’ll use this wealth of experience to drive good legislation that will reshape educational institutions and other sectors.
“Good legislation is key drivers of democracy. I will use my knowledge to enact appropriate laws to drive the process. I will also be working with the academia and other stakeholders in order to realise them”.
He further said he would be paying attention to the technical and vocational skills at the secondary school level to ensure that students, who could not continue with university education, learn requisite skills to be self reliant.
Emphasising the role of research and development in tertiary institutions, the PDP aspirant assured that he would support academia to ensure the outcome of their researches are put to use.
Azubogu further tasked academia to focus on the development of the curriculum content to meet the demands of 21st century labour force. This, he said, would give competitive edge to students among their peers within and outside the country.
Assuring that he would set the ground running immediately elected, the house member remarked that he would attract investors, as well as source funds to develop the state.
Azubogu noted that he has had commendable track records in various offices he previously held.
“I’ll be a servant leader, and I shall be accountable. No one will be left behind because, I will be involving everyone in my administration. I, therefore, seek your collaboration because we will achieve a lot when we synergise,” he said.
Speaking on the state of local government in the state, he said he has developed a blueprint to get the local governments working again, stressing that it is only through local governments that governance is brought to the grassroots. He said he would conduct local government elections in the state.
Earlier, on behalf of the group, the national president, Dr. Chinedu Onyeizugbe, thanked Azubogu for honouring the zoom meeting, while remarking the non partisanship of the group. He said it was high time lecturers began to interrogate governance in Nigeria as against what was previously obtained.