Edo State has been rated among one of the three fastest developing states in the country by the Senate. This assessment was given by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, Senator Uche Chukwumerije, during a courtesy call to the governor of the state in Benin City. Chukwumerije said the improvement of the welfare of the people is determined by the character of the political leadership.
According to him, “in terms of resources, you are not as rich as the richest states or the first segment of the richest in the country, but in terms of achievements, you share with two other states that feat of being the fastest developing state in the country… we are here as the Committee, overseeing the most distressed sector of the country and yet a sector that is most pivotal to the future of the country.
“When therefore we have a governor that has the trait which has been proved in the theatre of popular struggles you see yourself particularly excited because, if you transfer that trait into education, you would help us to bring into education the kind of transformation which anybody who believes in the future of the country would wish for.”
The Committee Chairman expressed delight that “luckily for us we don’t need to go far to preach that because recently, we get returns every month and from the testimony we got from State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and the little we have seen of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) books has convinced us beyond all reasonable doubt that the Education Sector in Nigeria and in general and Edo in particular is lucky to have this governor in charge.
“From the little we have seen, before you came into office, there was this long arrears of deficiency by Edo State in paying counterpart funding and accessing their own Federal side of it. And when you came, in one fell swoop, you paid those arrears and accessed its own share of Federal money”, adding that “this has resulted to phenomenal transformation in the education sector”, he explained.
He then counseled the governor to “continue to give the dynamic leadership you are giving to education. Continue to show the light as you are doing in Edo and we are looking forward to the day when Edo becomes the first state in Nigeria, in all indices of educational development”.