Big boost for Africa, As  UNICEF to train teachers in Ebonyi state.

Ebonyi state government has pledged to partner UNICEF in the training of teachers to ensure quality education in the state.

Governor Dave Umahi, made this known in Abakaliki when he received in audience, the country representative of UNICEF,
Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ms.Jean Gough, on Monday.

Governor Umahi, who restated that his administration had put every machinery in motion to hand over some schools to missionaries, said he remained committed to the provision of quality education and primary health care services to the people. 
Thanking UNICEF for offering to train teachers in the state, the governor described the offer as a welcome development in view of the fact that some teachers lack focus in their calling.

He said, “We are going to collaborate and see how we first of all do a seminar for our teachers. They should understand their bearing. You know a lot of them were just employed without a focus. No idea of what to do. No passion for the job; so we want to tune for the passion for the job and see if we can get right the pathway for our educational system"
"We told you our passion apart from infrastructure to hand over some schools to missionaries which you were very excited, in fact, you said we should understudy Anambra State that they did that and in all their external exams, they come first in the South- East".

Governor Umahi identified 'power as the major hindrance to primary health system and called on UNICEF to assist by providing solar lights to all primary health centers in the state.

In her remarks  Gough thanked  the  Ebonyi State government  for being part of the success story in the certification of Nigeria as a polio free country, come 2017,by the WHO and the containment of Ebola epidemic which the former minister of health that tackled the problem was from Ebonyi State.
She described such developments as good for

Gough said her mission was to collaborate with
Ebonyi State in the area of primary health care which she described as the corner stone of every population, stressing that 70 percent of the diseases are related to primary health.

Other areas UNICEF wants to collaborate with Ebonyi state, according to Gough, include, education, protection of children against obnoxious practices, like, female genital mutilation. 

L-R: Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi; UNICEF Country Representative in Nigeria, Jean Gough; Deputy Governor Kelechi and Speaker of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Francis Nwifuru at the Government House in Abakaliki


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