MRS. OBIANO'S CAFE RECEIVES MOTORCYCLES AND GAS COOKERS Emeka Ozumba The call on Ndi Anambra to support the selfless service and programmes of the wife of the Anambra State Governor, Chief Mrs. EbelechukwuObiano through her NGO, Caring Family Enhancement Ini a ve (CAFE) is fast yielding results with the dona on of 20 motorcycles and 20 gas cookers by a Philanthropist and Managing Director of Tona Geological Services, Chief Dr. Tony Anukwu in support of the pet project. The motorcycles and gas cookers were recently presented to CAFE at the Governor's Lodge Amawbia. Receiving the items, Wife of the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Mrs. Obiano expressed apprecia on to Chief Anukwu and his wife for their con nuous support and iden fica on with CAFE. The obviously impressed governor's wife stated, " I am impressed with what is happening here today. It is a confirma on that God loves Anambra State. This further confirms that my decision to register CAFE, an NGO that caters for the whole of the family is not in vain. The fact that philanthropists and our poeple are joining hands with us is a thing of joy that should be commended." Chief Mrs. Obiano recalled that although " I have been doing selfless work before I became the Wife of the Governor,I some mes get worried at the enormity of the task but I also believe that we have prominent sons and daughters of Anambra who are their brothers keepers like the Managing Director of Tona Geological Services, Mr Tony Anukwu and his amiable wife. I thank them for their kind gesture." The wife of the Governor urged other philanthropists to emulate Chief Dr. Anukwu and join hands with CAFE to empower indigent women and widows and others in need to make the state be er for all. Speaking on their mo va ons for the dona on, Chief Dr. Anukwu said they have followed closely the empowerment programme of the Wife of the Governor and decided to support her. "We are here to iden fy with the wife of the governor for her con nuous care for the less privileged and the indigent in support of the work of the governor. We have been monitoring CAFE programmes right from Lagos where she lived before joining her husband in the service of our people. My family and friends will con nue to support CAFE." He stated Chief Dr. Anukwu also disclosed that a good friend, Mr. Charles a er hearing what he is doing has pledged to donate generously to CAFE to enable the NGO empower many others in Anambra State. He urged others to emulate their gesture by contribu ng to the upkeep of the less privileged and partnering with CAFE. (L-R): Hon Commissioner of Works, Barrister Law Chinwuba, Speaker Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Barrister Rita Maduagwu, MD Tona Geological Services, Chief Dr. Tony Anukwu, shaking hands with Wife of the Governor of Anambra State, Chief (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obiano, Mrs. Franca Anukwu, and Deputy Woman Leader APGA, Mrs. Njideka Onyejeka at the presenta on 20 motorcycles and 20 Gas Cookers to CAFE at Governor's Lodge Amawbia recently…. Excited wife of the Governor of Anambra State, Chief (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obiano, inspec ng the 20 motorcycles and 20 Gas Cookers donated to CAFE at Governor's Lodge Amawbia recently. 4
ROSE OBI: THE EXEMPLARY TEACHER By Lovelyn Chinwe he emergence of Mrs. Rose Obi Nkemdilim as the TMal na Teacher of the Year is heartwarming and highly commendable. The 37-year-old teacher of chemistry and mathema cs at the Federal Government Girls College, Onitsha, Anambra State, appears to be not only dedicated to her profession but also believes that teaching is a sure way of building a progressive na on. In her words: teaching is a noble profession, it is a calling, it is a commitment to building the na on”. The Society needs to recognize and reward competent teachers whose passion for educa on has helped to produce quality manpower for Nigeria's economic growth. Honouring her, the Nigeria Breweries PLC (which ins tuted the award) gave her N1.5 million at the award ceremony hosted in Lagos recently. She is also going to be given N5 million spread across five years. Apart from that Mrs. Obi will be sent abroad for further training while the Federal Government Girls College, Onitsha- where she teaches- will get a fully furnished block of six classrooms from NB Plc. The first runner up Mrs. Binta Lawan Mohammed from Federal Government College, Maiduguri, Borno State, got a cash award of N1.5 million while the second runner up Daniel Sunday Udiong from Akwa Ibom state got N1.25 million. In all, there were 19 state champions and 16 of them (with the excep on of the top three) went home with N500,000 each. This laudable step taken by NB Plc to reward teachers is par cularly significant because it emphasizes the valuable role teachers play in na on building. And by ins tu ng a reward system, the company made a telling gesture geared towards mo va ng teachers to con nue to give out their best. Professor Tijjani Abubakar, Dean, Faculty of Educa on, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria: and Dr. (Mrs.) Fa ma Binta Abdulrahman, Na onal President, All-Nigeria Confedera on of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPPS). Calls for entries started in May, 2015 a er the entry forms were adver sed in the media. Interested teachers were asked a set of eligibility ques ons which included how long they have been teaching as well as the subject and the classes they taught. Sec on 2 required each applicant to write the strategic approach in teaching students that impacted or improved their performance in the last 12 months.' This should be wri en in not more than 750 words. S ll in the same sec on, each applying teacher was saddled with providing a case study with the topic and background of strategy, innova ve and instruc onal prac ces, challenges encountered and how they went about resolving such challenges. Consultants were also employed to wade through the entries and they ended up shortlis ng 275 valid applicants from 32 states with the pass mark set at 50 percent. The list was finally winnowed to 10 finalists who had to undergo a grueling interview session with the panelists on October 2. This was where Mrs. Obi emerged victorious. I strongly believe that when teachers are highly mo vated, they would perform be er. What NB Plc did will act as a fillip to teachers who would be favourably disposed to discharging their du es with a high sense of commitment, passion, enthusiasm and happiness. The corollary is that teachers would not lag behind in terms of developing and nurturing their students to grow into powerful na onal asses nt he future. According to Kufre Ekanem, the NB Plc corporate Affairs Adviser, the compe on which was focused on public secondary schools would help to acknowledge teachers for their significant roles in human capital development, while inaugura ng the panel of judges for the award, he said: Everywhere in the world, teachers play a vital role in training, coaching and determining the quality of educa on, and this is cri cal to sustainable na onal development. Our objec ve is to create an avenue where excep onal teachers will be showcased and rewarded annually and con nuously. By selec ng six serious and reform-minded professionals who know that the educa on system should be like to push the na on forward, NB Plc leave li le room for anybody to doubt the completeness of the panel. The panel had Professor Pat Utomi as chairman and the following as members: Professor (Mrs.) Mopelola Omoegun, Faculty of Educa on, University of Lagos, Professor Thomas Ofuya, Vice Chancellor, Wellspring University, Benin City; Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi, chairman, This Day Editorial Board; 5 It will also be ital to call on other organiza ons, businesses; federal and state governments to develop mechanisms through which teachers will be con nuously provided with enough incen ves to enable them remain steadfast in their calling. It stands to reason that without adequate mo va on, teachers will struggle to perform well. And if that is allowed to con nue unhindered, Nigeria will definitely grapple with building a func onal educa onal system which is sensi ve to globaliza on and societal needs. Rose Obi receiving her Mal na Teacher of the Year award.