Barely two (2) days in office as the Executive Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, Obong Paul Ekpo, yesterday, embarked on an on-the-spot inspection of facilities within the official premises of SUBEB, in Idongesit Nkanga Secretariat – Uyo.
Speaking during the exercise, Obong Ekpo, expressed mixed feelings about the state of facilities in the premises, saying that the moribund conditions of some of the offices that housed important documents of the Board were an eyesore, as they didn’t depict the status of SUBEB, being the root of primary education in the State.
The former State PDP Boss and emeritus National PDP Chair of Chairs, while reacting to the state of the Board Library, decried the poor state of facilities and the dearth of up-to-date books in the information storehouse, saying that the situation presents a mockery of what is supposed to be a model for pre/post Primary education in the State.
“According to OPE: “it is saddening and quite unfortunate to witness such decaying facilities in a very important department as Library in SUBEB. If SUBEB which is the root of primary education in the state couldn’t boast of an up-to-date information warehouse, how much more our primary and post-primary schools? This too must be given a facelift to its official standard under my watch”.
While promising to give a facelift to moribund facilities in the Board as well as engender all-round development in the sub-sector, as part of his transformation agenda for the Board, the SUBEB Czar, called on the management and staff of the Board to redouble their efforts in their work and key into the new agenda of the Board.
He, however, sued for a peaceful and harmonious working relationship among staff members of the Board, even as he emphasized on discipline, hard work and professionalism.
The former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, opined that he represented the new face of the Board, adding that he had no intention, whatsoever to witch hunt or discredit his predecessors, even as he commended them for laying good foundation and leaving behind beautiful imprints for the Board.
Expressing satisfaction on the spate of innovation and various projects in Primary Schools system, Ekpo commended the Governor and other education stakeholders for efforts and value injected into the system.
” I must commend the Governor and other education stakeholders for the various innovations in the primary education system. Apart from the building of new school blocks, the replacement of mowers for the clearing of school fields instead of putting the burden on the students is highly recommendable”.
During the tour, the newly inaugurated Chairman of the Board who was led on by the Permanent Secretary, Elder Ezekiel Umoh, visited Administration and Supplies department with Mary Ekaette as the Director, Quality Assurance with Pst. Emmanuel Ituen as Director, Home Grown School Feeding Programme with Mrs. Rose Usen as Director, Nomadic Education with Mrs. Sarah Okon as the Director, Early Childhood Care and Development with Mrs. Josephine Bassey as Director, PRS, with Mr Idorenyin Essien, Finance and Account with Mr. Emaeyak Inyang as Director, other Units, Offices and Desks as well as outside view of the Board environment.
Also part of the tour were Board members – Board Member I, Elder Godwin Enoidem, Board Member II, Mr Ekong Ambrose, Board Member III, M.r Iniobong Akpan, Board Member IV, Mr. John Udoh. Others were Directors, top management staff, amongst others.