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Gov Obi Breaks ICT Record With 2.65 Billion Naira Lift

Also Sends 2014 Budget To The House
By Mazi Odera

Governor Peter Obi has commenced the distribution of 25,000 laptops to secondary schools in the State, valued at one billion Naira. Governor Obi flagged off the exercise under the formal launch of Secondary schools Connectivity and Education Programme at the Women Development Centre, Awka.

The Governor also flagged off the distribution of 1,400 colour printers and other internet connectivity facilities to strengthen the setting up of Microsoft Information Technology Academy in schools. All the laptops are programmed with the National Curriculum in all subjects.

Launching the programme, the Governor said 520 generators would also be distributed to the schools to ensure steady power supply, while computer teachers would be employed for all the schools. He explained that ICT Education would widen opportunity for the children to attain full potential and become role models in the society.

The Commissioner for Education, Dr. Mrs. Uju Okeke said the Governor had continued to exhibit and sustain enormous political will by investing substantial funds and resources to improve the standard of Education in schools in spite challenges resulting from neglect by previous administration.

One of the Technological partners, representing HP, Mr. Richard Stanford commended Governor Obi for the initiative which he said represented the future of the country and would bridge the gap in education in the twenty first century, noting that Anambra was setting a pace for others.

Another partner, representing Galazy Backbone, Mr. Gerald Ilukwe recalled that Governor Obi's administration was the first to computerized one hundred schools with internet facilities which he noted no state in the country and West African has equaled. Mr Ilukwe said the Governor had continued to demonstrate commitment to the progress and future of the state, urging the beneficiaries to put the facilities into good use.

Marc Israel said ICT Academy would provide children with all necessary ICT skill to keep the state on global map of ICT technology and assist in long and short term planning.

Another partner, Dr. Leo-Stan Ekeh noted that Governor Obi's huge investment on ICT Education would benefit future generation and produce privileged individual capable of defending their positions. Dr. Ekeh said that Governor Obi was the first to embark on the programmes to equip the children adequately.

Presents 2014 Budget of 140 Billion Naira

Governor Peter Obi has presented a budget of 140 Billion Naira for the 2014 fiscal year to the State House of Assembly. The amount represents an increase of 21.8% of the last year's budget of N110.95 Billion naira.

The budget is made up of 1000.295 billion naira for the current expenditure.

According to Governor Obi, an estimated total sum of 100.5 billion naira was expected from capital receipts, previously an increase of 41.35% over the budgeted sum of N70.955 Billion for 2013.

He explained that the emphasis of the Government would be on poverty reduction measures with the economic section having an allocation of 42.82% of the total capital budget, while the social sector received14.33%, environmental sector 17.21% and General Administration 25.64%.

The governor said the bulk of revenue of 40.20 billion Naira, representing 72.61% will come from the state share of the federation account, while 15.920 Billion, naira representing 27.39% and expected from internally generated revenue.

Receiving the budget, the Speaker of the House, Princess Chinwe Nwaebili assured that the House of Assembly would give the Bill accelerated hearing and passage to sustain the good work of the Governor across the state.

The Appropriation Bill passed the first read and was referred to Committees on Finance and Appropriation.

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