Governor Godswill Akpabio has attributed Nigeria’s successful containment of the outbreak of Ebola Viral Disease to the high literacy level in the country.
Chief Akpabio who stated this Monday when the executive members of Nigerian Academy of Education led by their President, ProfessorUduogieIwowi paid him a courtesy visit at Governor’s Office,Uyo, described education as the answer to various issues in the society.
He noted that “In the case of sensitization, education is the answer. Take the case of Ebola as an example. The level of literacy in some of the West African countries affected the ability to control the disease. I want to commend the President and health officials in Nigeria, particularly the academics, who were able to sensitize all Nigerians.
“The level of awareness was very rapid and that was why we were able to curb the pandemic. Without education a lot would not have been achieved”, the Governor remarked.
Akpabio affirmed that education played a key role in deepening democracy and stemming the tide of insecurity in Nigeria, stating “Education is the key to the future. I am here because of education because my father died when I was six months. So, I am a testimony and I want to encourage other children to take education seriously because with education we can bridge the gap between the haves and haves-not”.
The President of Nigerian Academy of Education, Prof. Iwowi, who said they were in the State for the 29th Annual Congress of the academy, lauded Governor Akpabio for transformational leadership in the State.
Iwowi said, “We have heard about your activities in the field of education as well as other areas in the State. We are fully aware of the fact that you have established an uncommon transformation in the State. I want to say that as far as education is concerned, you have done very well. To start with, all the three institutions for higher education are in the State – you have the State Polytechnic, College of Education and the State University”.