Our society needs change - lawmaker

From Patrick Egwu & Ogochukwu Asogwa

The chairman, Enugu State House of Assembly Committee on Development, Poverty Reduction Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and non- Governmental Organisations (NGOs) Rt Hon. Joseph Agbo Ugwumba has stressed the need for a new society that would create good future for our children.

Ugwumba stated this recently during an interactive session with Civil Society Organisations and NGOs in Enugu State which took place at the assembly complex.

He expressed dismay that most private schools do not have enough trained teachers to impact knowledge on the students, adding that they only show off beautiful structures and school uniforms.

Mr. Ugwumba further lamented that these private schools collect huge amount of money from parents as school fees, despite the fact that they do not teach well.

In his contribution during the interactive session, a member of the NGOs and Civil Service Organisation Mr.Obiora Obasi urge the government to pass the Child's Right Bill into law and provide all the facilities that would help promote primary schools.

He also grumbled that the state of the primary school education is pathetic due to lack of teachers and poor infrastructure.

Another member of the NGOs who also spoke at the interactive session, Mr.Sunny Nweke groused that the personnel in Enugu State health centers were not paid their salaries and even allowances, adding that the government should look into this problem in order to make Nigeria better.
Nweke in addition complained about lack of essential drugs, trained staff  in the state health centres and also called for government's attention on these issues.
Earlier, Ugwumba while presenting his speech noted that this was the first time the committee is having such an interactive session with the members of the civil society organizations and NGOs.
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