By Chukwujekwu Ilozue
The Press Secretary to Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State, Mr Christian Aburime has said that in today’s knowledge-driven economy where education is cardinal and human capital is integral, the state government in employing 5,000 teachers has prioritised human capital.
In a press statement, Aburime argued that the quality and quantity of human capital constitute an indispensable imperative for the socioeconomic development of modern societies, especially in a world increasingly influenced by pervasive technological transformation.
It is, therefore, immensely reassuring he said, that “Soludo is putting human capital development, through education, at the core of rapid socio-economic development of Anambra State as a liveable and prosperous smart mega city.
“Against all odds”, Aburime wrote, “Soludo government is already breaking new grounds as he delivers on his pro-people manifesto and electoral promises with the historic hiring of primary and secondary school 5,000 teachers in one fell swoop”.
It would be recalled that the teachers received their appointment letters on Friday, December 2, 2022, in Awka.
Aburime described the Governor’s action as unprecedented because it has been eight years since teachers were last recruited in Anambra State, and it is even more applauded that the newly recruited teachers would be paid December salaries and other perks when they have barely started teaching.
“If this is not the audacity of welfarism, what then could it be, Aburime wrote, noting that “it was part of Soludo’s Peoples Manifesto in which he promised to position Anambra as a centre of excellence for human capital development and proactively leapfrog our students/youths as Africa’s digital tribe.
“Indeed, the hiring of the 5,000 teachers is a masterstroke in positioning Anambra State as a centre of excellence. But beyond the infectious euphoria and genuine applause attending the mass recruitment, two issues also stand out to be put on the record of history, namely: the impressive, transparent and competitive manner the teachers were recruited.
According to him, Governor Soludo had in his speech stated that “We set out from the outset to do something uniquely transparent and with highest integrity” that could not permit any form of consideration other than merit.
Aburime expressed optimism that “in no distant future, it is expected that the massive seeds of development that Governor Soludo is sowing today will be yielding fruits of monumental transformation that will reinforce Anambra State as truly ‘The Light of the Nation