I’ll devote 26% budget to education, implement Awka Capital City Master Plan —Onyemelukwe
An Anambra State governorship election aspirant under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Lady Chidi Onyemelukwe has pledged to devote the United Nations’ prescribed budgetary allocation of 26% to education and implement the Awka Capital City Master Plan when elected into office as the governor.
Lady Onyemelukwe made the remarks in two separate statements with hashtag #BetterLife4NdiAnambra obtained by ElombahNews on Thursday.
Speaking on Awka Capital Territory infrastructural deficit, she said:
“Since governance is a continuum, our administration, if given the opportunity, will revert to, and implement, in phases, the Capital City Master Plan and other such plans already in place.
“The Awka Capital Territory is quite vast; we will adopt a concentric approach, making the outer circle the residential suburbia and the core the operational orbit.
“Our preferred model of development will not be to concentrate resources on a few urban areas to the utter neglect of other areas.
“Awka, and other emerging Anambra cities will be given their due attention, but deliberate efforts will be made to equitably distribute available resources and to develop all parts of the state simultaneously.”
Respecting her vision of a quality education for Ndi Anambra, Onyemelukwe said:
“No society can fully develop without qualitative and affordable education. That is why education is a priority for us.
“We have publicly undertaken to devote the United Nations’ prescribed budgetary allocation of 26% to education.
“Through education, we shall promote the welfare of Anambra youths by consolidating employment and empowerment.
“Our educational policies shall be e-based, assertive and human-development driven. Primary and secondary education will be mandatory and free up to junior secondary school level.
“It’s ironical that our schools still train children for jobs that no longer exist. We intend to work in concert with relevant education and development partners to tweak our school curricula to meet today’s realities.
“We will accord priority to vocational education; that way our school leavers can be equipped with problem-solving, hands-on and in-demand skills that will enable them compete favourably in this 21st century global marketplace.”
Ada Igbo, as she is passionately called, urged Ndi Anambra to give her a chance to mend the broken fences of the Anambra project as currently witnessed across the state and restore the state to its past glory of the former governor Peter Obi’s days.