Cross River Speaker tasks stake­hold­ers on ed­u­ca­tion

Daily Trust - - EDUCATION - From Eyo Charles, Cal­abar

The Speaker of the Cross River State House of As­sem­bly, Larry Odey, has em­pha­sised the need for govern­ment and other stake­hold­ers in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor to in­vest more re­sources in the sec­tor.

Odey made the dis­clo­sure in Cal­abar at this year’s Es­say Writ­ing Com­pe­ti­tion and schol­ar­ship award cer­e­mony, bankrolled by Se­na­tor Prince Bassey Otu.

He said that hav­ing con­sis­tently spon­sored the schol­ar­ship pro­gramme an­nu­ally for high school chil­dren, Se­na­tor Otu has built a strong foun­da­tion for the fu­ture gen­er­a­tion in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor.

Odey ex­pressed his de­light at the suc­cess of ed­u­ca­tion in Cross River State, say­ing that the state has recorded ex­cel­lent per­for­mance in na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

He said: “For me, ca­pac­ity build­ing starts with this kind of pro­grammes. We should try and build our man­power through the ed­u­ca­tional sec­tor for our chil­dren.”

He urged other stake­hold­ers to em­u­late Otu.

Dur­ing this year’s award, Otu awarded schol­ar­ship to three out­stand­ing sec­ondary school stu­dents who took part in his 3rd edi­tion of Es­say Writ­ing Com­pe­ti­tion 2014.

Rep­re­sented by Itaya Asuqou Ny­ong, Deputy Speaker of the Cross River House of As­sem­bly, Otu said the es­say com­pe­ti­tion was or­gan­ised to pro­mote aca­demic ex­cel­lence among sec­ondary stu­dents in the state.

He promised to sus­tain the com­pe­ti­tion launched in 2012.

Op­tometrist Dr. Osi Og­ber­aha (left) ex­am­in­ing the eyes of Pri­mary Six Pupil of St. John’s Pri­mary School Lam­ina Sodiq while op­tometrist Dr. Bukola Awe (right) ex­am­ines the eyes of an­other Pri­mary Six Pupil Oyin­damola Soyemi at the Air­tel Adopted Pri­mary School in Oke-Agbo, Ije­buIgbo, Ogun State.

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