|Gov. Willie Obiano|
LEADERS and people of Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra state, have given a round of applause to the state Governor Willie Obiano, over the outstanding performance of Anambra indigenes in the latest Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
The state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba, in a statement made available to SummitNews, said the figures published by JAMB, showed that Anambra state indigenes won both the first and second overall results in the 2020 UTME for admission into Nigerian higher institutions.
The best performance was posted by Miss Agnes Maduafokwa, who scored 365 out of a maximum of 400 marks, while David Nwobi, who made the second best result, and scored 363 marks.
“We are pleased to announce that Miss Maduafokwa is our dear daughter who has made the whole state proud by her prodigious achievement,” said the people and leaders of Ihiala in a statement today.
The statement was signed by Barrister Chidi Udemmadu, the member representing Ihiala 1 in the Anambra state House of Assembly; Igwe Emmnuel Nnabuife, chairman of both the Ihiala Local Government Area Traditional Rulers Council and of the Anambra South Senatorial Traditional Rulers Council; and Chief Okey Chukwu, President General of the Ihiala Progress Union (IPU).
“The exceedingly impressive performance of our daughter is consistent with the brilliant account of Anambra people in all academic endeavours,” declared the people, citing the golden prize won by students of Regina Pacis Model Secondary School in Onitsha, two years ago in California, United States, in the global competition in the use of the Internet to solve social problems.
The Regina Pacis students won the first prize with their development of an application to detect fake drugs, a global scourge.
“In the same vein, we recall that St John’s Technical Secondary School at Alor, clinched the third prize in the World Festival of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) held in Tunis, Tunisia, between February 21 and 27, last year.
“We also note with pride how schools and teachers in Anambra state last October won four out of the 24 prizes during the World Teachers Day marked in Abuja, becoming the only state in the whole country to win more than one prize.
“Anambra state also went home with two of the four vehicles donated by President Muhammadu Buhari, for their academic excellence.
“We remember with pride and gratitude that Governor Obiano sponsored another proud daughter of Ihiala LGA, Miss Tochukwu Anyigbo, to participate in the World Robotics Competition in Mexico in 2018, and her group won the third prize.”
The Ihiala people urged Gov Obiano to award a scholarship to Miss Agnes Maduafokwa, for “her excellent result in the examination organized by JAMB, in line with the governor’s most commendable gestures of rewarding Anambra indigenes who bring glory to the state through academic brilliance.”