By Jon Egie

 

Evang Emazobi handing over to the HPM, Mr Kennedy Eterigho.

The 8th year of the second tenure in office of Evang Peter Emazobi as Education Secretary of Ughelli North Local Government Authourity (LEA) eventually came to an end on Friday, May 3, when he handed over reins of leadership of the office to the Head of Personnel Management (HPM), Mr Kennedy Eterigho.

Overwhelmed with joy, Emazobi said he never expected to be appointed as Education Secretary and attributed to opportunity to Providence.

Evang Emazobi was appointed Education Secretary by the immediate past Ughelli North LGC Chairman, Hon Kenneth Ibru in 2011 while still serving as a School head teacher.

In 2014, he was officially retired from the teaching service and continued in office as Education Secretary when he was re-appointed for a second term in office by Hon Ibru in 2015.

In an interview shortly after the handing over ceremony, Evang Emazobi said he had no regrets throughout his period of service as Education Secretary as the teachers were regularly paid and he enjoyed his pensions.

He advised his successor to maintain a good relationship between the office and the various trade unions in the primary education sector.

He also advised serving teachers to plan ahead of their retirement as a good number of retired teachers who failed to do so are dying or facing hard times.

Evang Emazobi called on parents to be committed to the educational development of their wards especially in the area of skill acquisition pointing out that the controversy on the issue of monetization of hand work (Arts and Craft) as a subject in the school curriculum is uncalled for so long parents could not make materials available to the teachers to train their children on how to produce brooms and other craft products.

In separate interviews, Mr Austin Ovuevuraye who is the head of stores in the LEA said Emazobi put in his best while in service as Education Secretary and rated his performance above 60 per cent.

Mrs Esike Vero who retired as HOD, Quality Assurance Dept in the LEA described Emazobi as hardworking, intelligent and friendly just as the Head teacher of Oharisi primary school, Mr Fidelis Ukrakpo said he was fantastic and a lucky fellow during whose tenure salaries and subventions were regularly paid and the number of primary school teachers who were promoted to level 15 was increased to four in the local government area.

The HPM, Mr Eterigho assured that he would follow the path set by Evang Emazobi and promised to put the teachers on toes to ensure that the standard of primary education got a lift in the LGA.