Akwa-Ibom State Government has spent N2.4 million (about US$15 000) to acquire books it has started distributing to schools in the region.
About 575 000 textbooks have been given out to students in public and private primary and secondary schools.
‘The gesture is another demonstration of Governor Godswill Akpabio’s passion for affordable and qualitative education in the state,” said the State Commissioner for Education, Prof Atim Antai.
Antain said the books covered such subjects as Biology, Chemistry, Integrated Science and Mathematics.
She directed public and private schools in Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District to report to the Ministry of Education warehouse, Idongesit Nkanga Secretariat, Uyo this week to receive their consignments.
Other schools that have been advised to do so are those in Eket Senatorial District.
She directed school principals to ensure prompt distribution of the books to their students to enable them keep pace with their lessons.
The official urged students to make use of the learning materials by demonstrating more commitment to their studies as well as protecting the books from damage and loss.
The Director of the Inspectorate at the State Ministry of Education, Friday Edem, assured that government would continue procuring books for distribution to students.
Edem advised the students to adopt a culture of reading.
The Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in the state, Etim Ukpong applauded government for the gesture, and in particular, for extending it to private schools in the state.
He praised the state ministry of education for the pragmatic approach to educational issues and pledged the cooperation of the union to the state government.
– CAJ News