Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State on Monday gave out N733m to Catholic and Anglican churches to run their schools in the state.
He said the money was for the rehabilitation of primary schools taken over by the state government in 1970 but returned to the missions in 2011.
The governor, who made the donation in Awka, said he was impressed with the churches collaboration in rebuilding education in the state.
Obi, who apologised to the churches on behalf of government for taking over schools from them, said what the state was doing was to restore quality education to the children.
He said efforts to reposition the school system were not just restricted to rebuilding of structures, adding that by the end of the year, the state government would provide more buses, computers, generators and Internet facilities to schools in the state.
Noting that the state’s investment in education had started manifesting, the governor said, “Last year Anambra came first in NECO. This year Anambra was the best in Unity Schools with consequent jerking up of their cut off marks.”
Archbishop Christian Efobi represented the Anglican Church, while Bishop Paulinus Ezeokafor of Awka Diocese, represented the Catholic Church.