Ambode Says Education Is A Key To combating Poverty

By GEORGE OKOJIE

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday said education remains one of the critical tools to combat poverty and secure a better future for the country.

Ambode, who spoke at the Lagos House in Ikeja after swearing-in a new Permanent Secretary and Tutor General for Education District Six, Mrs. Olabisi Olufunmilayo Onadipe, said the massive investment of his administration on improvement of educational infrastructure and upgrade of curriculum is geared towards meeting current realities.

 

The governor pointed out that massive investment on education architecture as well as his administration empowerment and equipping of teachers were all in a bid to raise the next generation of Lagosians who will be ready to take on the challenges of the future.

 

While alluding to the fact that the State Government placed high emphasis on education, Governor Ambode charged the new appointee to see her appointment as very critical to the future progress of the State, and as such, must add value not only to the present administration and the public service, but the State.

The Governor said the public service, as a vital institution primarily responsible for policy implementation, has been given a pride of place, and recalled that since inception of the present administration, a lot of attention had been given to appointment of only officers with credible record of performance into leadership positions.

He said no matter how good a policy is, its effectiveness in terms of achieving the desired impact would only be determined by the competence and commitment of those charged with the responsibility of implementation, a development the Governor said, called for the need for greater sense of dedication.

Ambode said, “A lot of attention is given to ensuring that only officers with credible record of performance are appointed into leadership position in the public service. The global rating of Lagos State requires that only the best hands must be engaged to drive the key sectors of the State economy. This is the only way we can guaranty effective and efficient service delivery and synergy between the public and the private sector.

The future of our country lies in our children, let us make education a must for all Nigerian children by creating a safe and conducive environment for learning.

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