BY SUNNY A. DAVID

Anambra State Primary and Secondary schools (pupils and students), respectively have commended Government of Anambra State for the migration of classrooms into radio, television studios and the Facebook.

This has been made possible through cooperation between the Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) and the Anambra State Ministry of Basic Education.

The children, who were happy at the development, said that the government had by the initiative, demonstrated love for ‘the Anambra child’.

They added that through the on-air-teaching, they would no longer be adversely affected by indefinite closure of schools, occasioned by the Coronavirus pandemic, threatening the world.

Master Okwudili Umegbolu of Community Secondary School Agulu praised the Government through the Basic Education Commissioner, Prof. Kate Omenugha for driving the process.

He stressed the need for parents and guardians to be sensitised on importance of allowing their children and wards to be part of the programme.

Also reacting, Miss Chidumaga Nnaemeka of St. Mary The Virgin Convent, Ufuma thanked, Managing Director, ABS, Chief Uche Nwora for providing an alternative and unique platform for their lessons.

According to her, Coronavirus pandemic disrupted their lessons but for the on-air-teaching programme has restored the lessons.

She promised to inform her fellow students to be part of this timely initiative of government in order to cover the gaps occasioned by closure of schools.

Miss Uju Chukwuka of Ezeike of High School, Nibo said that she heard from a relation in the UK that “on-air-teaching is the vogue since the lockdown in their area too’’.

Chinelo Chukwuka of Central School Nibo urged parents to endeavour to provide radios that use replaceable batteries for their children. 

Anambra Agric Ministry Maps Palliatives For Post COVID-19

BY SUNNY A. DAVID

Agriculture, being key sector of the Anambra State’s economy, has evolved measures aimed at curbing post COVID-19 hunger in the state with some palliatives.

This is to ensure that the state will be hunger-free by the time the state will have overcome the Coronavirus pandemic.

Commissioner for Agriculture, Mechanisation, Processing and Export, Mr. Nnamdi Onukwuba unveiled plans for the palliatives during interview with our correspondent, held shortly after a brief meeting of the Ministry’s management staff on April 16 at the ADP Complex, Awka.

The Commissioner said the ministry had since secured State Government’s approval to lunch the 2020 flag-off farming season, through a virtual means immediately after the 14-day lockdown order with distribution of inputs.

According to him inputs such as rice seedlings, cassava stems and maize as well as water pumping machines will be given out to farmers at a later time.

Mr. Onukwuba also announced the ministry’s plans to further sensitise farmers on importance of hygiene at farm gates with regards to washing of hands before entering or leaving the farms as well as maintaining social distancing.

On the long term measures, Mr. Onukwuba said the Ministry had set out to evaluate, where the State would have ample land to use to install the irrigation pumps at various critical points close to other developed farm lands secured for expansion of the State’s Agricultural Goals.

He said that State would like to develop up to 3,000 hectares to be added to the farming community of the State; this would go a long way in providing enough food during post COVID-19 era.

And on a personal level, the Commissioner he said that as part of helping government’s efforts in tackling effects of Coronavirus in the State, he donated 10kg bags of rice to all his Age Grade members at Onitsha.

He also supported this with N2, 000 each to the women folks in the age grade.

The Commissioner also said that his association, ‘The G36’ donated 260 bags of rice to four major Churches in Onitsha, two of which are Catholics, and two Anglicans to help to cushion the effect of the lockdown.

Mr. Onukwuba said he was working with leadership of his ward 7 for a relief package to at least help the less privileged in the area.

CAPTION: the Basic Education Commissioner, Prof. Kate Omenugha.

CAPTION: The Governer of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano.

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