The chairman of Ikono Local Government Council, Mr Itoro Columba, today played host to Association of Primary Schools’ Head Teachers of Nigeria, known as APSHON Ikono Chapter, inline with Akwa Ibom State Universal Basic Education Board Policy to introduce School-Based Management Committee across all the public schools in Ikono.
School-based management committee serves as a bridge between Schools and communities they serve. The committee is to take part in school development, planning and decision-making at the school level, improving of dilapidated facilities, sensitization of natives on the need to support initiative of Government which is aimed at ameliorating the sufferings of the dwellers.
It is targeted at solving the schools’ challenges ranging from lack of good water supply, infrastructural decay, breakdown of toilet facilities, inaccessible roads in villages, insufficient teachers in different public primary schools, power outage among others.
The meeting which took place at Ikono Council Secretariat, Ibiaku Ntok Okpo in Ikono Local Government Area, had in attendance all the Head Teachers from different Public Primary Schools across eleven wards, NULGE representative, members of Local Education Authority and members from Akwatech.
Addressing the Heads of schools in Ikono, the council helmsman, Akparawa Columba, charged them to be very diligent in their assigned tasks, explaining that all public primary schools’ head teachers are authorized to serve as committee secretaries to their respective village heads who are directly empowered by Government as chairmen.
Columba, maintained that ten categories of persons will form each committee, summing it to a total of fifteen offices assigned by State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB. He said, other members of the committee would emerge from the following groups: Youth, Women, past pupils, PTA, Artisanship, Pupils of the various schools, Faith-based organization and teaching staff from specific Schools.
Speaking further, the council boss advised all head teachers to maintain good relationship with their village heads which they are authorized to work with. According to him, “Go to your village head; If you did not have good relationship with him, you must begin to cultivate it now. You are the secretaries to your village heads”.
The chairman hinted them on the format to be used and encouraged teachers to make four copies each which would be enough for the fifteen officers for each ward, while calling on chairmen to fasten up and initiate meetings for the formation of each committee across eleven wards in the area.
He added, first phase solar water has been installed across all the wards in Ikono, enthusing that before 2025, there will be shutdown on open defecations in the State as Government is doing everything possible to meet the vision; and the only way to ensure its success is the introduction of modern toilet facilities which would additionally train youths using WASHCOM.
The Journalist turned politician concluded that Government is using multiple approaches to fix the decay noticed in public projects, saying that counterpart funds are only made available on areas needful.
Earlier, the Local Education Authority secretary of Ikono chapter, Mr Innocent Etefia, explained the job carried out by members. The secretary said, they were initially advised to bring reports and pledged to work assiduously for upward delivery.
Responding on behalf of head teachers, the chairman of Nigerian Union of Teachers in-charge of Ikono, Rev Asuquo O. Asuquo, expressed delight to the State Government for the resolve to bring succour on deteriorating Education sector in Ikono.
The Clergy also thanked Ikono council boss for being a middle man between teachers and the State, expressing that his administration has equally enhanced welfare of teachers since his assumption and prayed God to bless him to do even more for the constituents.
Other highlights were signing of attendance and roll call of head teachers.
The meeting will be reconvened on a determinable date to evaluate committee performance and the taking of stock on numbers of dilapidated public facilities within the affected communities in Ikono.
Present at the meeting were the Vice Chairman of Ikono LGC, Hon. (Dr) Idoteyin Etokobong, Council Secretary, ObongAnwan Ofon Mike, ASPHON Chairman of Ikono, Prince Emmanuel Akpan, HOP, Mr Clement Udofia, NULGE Chairman, Prince Esin Nyong Obop, Ag Rector of Akwatech, Amb Vincent Essien, Akwatech Director, Mr Francis Etim and Aides to the LG chairman.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY!