Valentine Ozigbo, the flag-bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2021 Anambra governorship election, has stated that his administration will dedicate 25% of its annual budget to education.
Mr Ozigbo gave the assurance on Friday, October 29, 2021, while speaking at a governorship debate organised by the Igbo service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) ahead of the November 6 election.
Ozigbo was the only candidate of the three major parties in the election in attendance, with APC’s Dr Andy Uba and APGA’s Prof Charles Soludo conspicuously missing, a situation that has become a trend in recent debate events.
Other candidates who participated in the debate include SDP’s Dr Obinna Uzoh, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah of the YPP, ZLP’s Dr Obiora Okonkwo, and Accord Party’s Dr Godwin Maduka.
While answering questions, Ozigbo said his administration would raise the standard of education in the state by providing necessary funding.
“Asides from dedicating 25% of the annual budget to education, we will emphasise the affordability, quality, and relevance of education in Anambra State,” Ozigbo, a multiple award-winning global CEO, said.
“We will make education affordable, improve the welfare of teachers, and ensure that our curriculum is relevant in the 21st century.”
On the issue of security, Ozigbo revealed that his administration would explore short, medium and long term solutions to reduce insecurity to the barest minimum.
“We must deal with the root cause of the insecurity, which is terrible leadership. We must provide leadership that inspires the youths and reduces restiveness.