In his avowed commitment to wipe out illiteracy in his Diamond hill Community as well as encourage school enrolment in the area, Cross River Commissioner for Culture & Tourism Development, Hon. Eric Anderson, has adopted AME Zion Primary School as center for the acquisition of free basic education for children of school age.
Anderson who is also the initiator of a socio-political group known as, “Ayade Tutu Nkpon,” unveiled this gesture at Diamond Hill, Calabar during a town hall meeting with the opinion and leaders of thoughts as part of his neighbourhood campaign tour in support of Governor Ben Ayade re-election bid.
In his words: “I want to contribute my quota in laying foundation for our future leaders by giving them the opportunity to have free basic education irrespective of their tribe and religion.”
He explained that, “today, I will pay school fees for the 144 pupils the head teacher has sent to me and I want to encourage you to start returning those children who dropped out of school because of lack of money back to the class rooms, as i will be paying their school fees from this moment.”
According to him, “If our digital Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade has graciously empowered me through an appointment as a commissioner, it is a moral justification that I also touch the lives of those who cannot reach him by giving them what they need most at this age. This is my little way of giving back to the society particularly my community which I represent at the state Executive Council as a commissioner.”
He urged the residents to encourage indigent wards, neighbors, housemaids and the vulnerable in the community to get enrolled and acquire the basic education that would gear them up for future responsibilities.
The commissioner who outlined some of the developmental projects which the governor has set up in the municipality including the over 1000 appointments as a deliberate plan to transform the socioeconomic landscape of the state, called on the people to mobilize their households in ensuring that Ayade returns to Government House come March 9, 2019, to enable him complete the good works he has started across the length and breadth of the state.
Anderson further called on the leaders to take the campaign to every door step and gathering in the area, assuring them that, “when Ayade returns, Calabar Municipality will benefit more in terms of modern infrastructure and industries.”