By Abdallah el-Kurebe, Editor
Former governor of Abia State, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu on Saturday, revealed that only first premier of the Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo and himself “introduced and successfully implemented Comprehensive Free Education in Nigeria.”
Kalu, who is the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Abia North Senatorial election revealed this during his ward-to-ward campaign in Igbere community of Bende Local Government Area.
He said that his vision for all Abia people was to have the same opportunity in education as the rich inspired him to give his type of free education for the eight years he was governor.
Kalu explained that his type of free education was the same with that of Awolowo because they were the only comprehensive free education programmes to have ever existed in Nigeria.
“Education is the most important factor in governance, hence the welfare of students and teachers was a priority for our government. When I was governor, the educational edge that Abia people had over the rest of the country was as a result of the free, compulsory primary and secondary schooling introduced by our government.
“Through our free education policy we were able to discourage the incidence of dropping out at primary and secondary level of education. We also encouraged adult and non-formal education with several skill and acquisition centers .
“But today it is shocking that many of the schools we built have neither been expanded nor maintained. Salaries and pensions are not even paid to the teachers and retired civil servants . Is that not wickedness ?
“We are supposed to progress and not regress. There is something about educational environment that is no longer there. How can you owe teachers salaries for months? The PDP led government has no conscience. “He stated
At the meeting were APC gubernatorial candidate for Ebonyi State, Senator Sunny Ogbuoji, former Deputy Chief of Staff to Abia State governor, Dr Madukwe Ukaegbu, traditional rulers, Hon. Jones Ezeogo, Prince Obidigbo Enwezoh, Hon Paul Onwuka Uche and others