Chief Elias Mbam, governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said he has developed a roadmap to revamp the Ebonyi education sector.
This is contained in a statement issued in Abakaliki on Monday by Mr Obinna Udenwe, Special Assistant to Mbam on Media and Publicity and made available to newsmen.
Mbam, chairman of the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) said that he has gathered documents that helped past and present leaders to develop the state since 1999.
According to the statement, these documents included their work-plan; development plan and reports, as well as various reports on the state by such agencies as the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
Other documents include; the United Nations Population Fund (UNPF), scholarly reports on Ebonyi, African Development Bank (ADB) report and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) growth forecast for Ebonyi.
“Mbam assembled a set of development professionals, policy developers, academics, media professionals among others to study the documents and develop a roadmap to revamp the education sector.
“The education reform strategy of Mbam will pursue robust improvement in the learning environment including facilities and education administration.
“The strategy also includes teacher professional development and quality assurance through teacher training, and improvement in conditions of service.
“Introduction of a programme that enables the best minds to from Ebonyi to access local and overseas education for masters degrees and doctor of philosophy (Ph.D) programmes under a a state scholarships.
“100 students will be sent overseas annually with special focus areas such as medicine, engineering, law, social sciences, agriculture among others,” the statement said.
It said that Mbam’s administration would foster engagement with communities, parents and guardians on formation of children and assured quality education in the state if elected.
“Most importantly, we will engage with key stakeholders including the private sector, civil society organisations, international development agencies and philanthropies in providing educational services in Ebonyi.
“We will provide affordable functional primary and secondary education, vocational and tertiary or specialized education that will build capacity of our children.
“Our children and youth will have access to education that will make them compete favourably in the present and emerging local and global workplace.
“Today, we are operating in a world without boundary, a world that is highly competitive.
“For our young ones to survive in it, we must equip them with appropriate knowledge, values, skills and competences required by the current reality,” the statement added.
Mbam, a seasoned technocrat, deplored the poverty index report released in 2019 which scored Ebonyi 87.02 per cent just below Jigawa, Taraba and Sokoto, as the states with the highest level of poverty per head in Nigeria.
According to report, Ebonyi is rated the only state in southern Nigeria with the highest number of poor citizens.
“Mbam vowed to develop a roadmap with a special focus to lift Ebonyi out of poverty within two to four years of his administration as governor.”
Meanwhile, the document, tagged, ‘The Ebonyi Dream’ identified 17 core priority areas to be embedded under the five agenda for which Mbam’s administration would focus on.
The document identified; efficient and responsive public service, futuristic and affordable education, friendly business environment and investments, affordable housing, robust information technology.
Other priority areas include; sports and recreation, enhanced agriculture, food security, water and sanitation, environment and climate change, universal and affordable health care.
It noted that the administration would give focus to efficient and responsive security, gender and social inclusion, technical and vocational education and intensive infrastructure development.