Boy, 14, Emerges Commissioner In Bayelsa
A 14-year old SS1 student of Ijaw National Academy, Kaiama in Bayelsa State, has emerged Child Commissioner for Education in Yenagoa.
Master Africanus Noel was made a Child Education Commissioner by the State Governor, Seriake Dickson, on Monday after emerging the overall winner of the Bayelsa State Essay Writing Competition.
The substantive Commissioner for Education, Hon. Jonathan Obuebite, while introducing the Child Commissioner to government functionaries in his office, assured that the Dickson-led government would continue to make appropriate investments in the education sector to guarantee a more secure and prosperous future, adding that he initiated the Essay Writing Competition and Child Commissioner concept to serve as a motivational tool as well as promote creativity and healthy competition among students.
He noted that the initiative would enable the child commissioner to be acquainted with the art of government and leave a pleasant impression in the mind of the beneficiary.
The 14-year old Child Commissioner lauded the Governor for establishing world class free boarding secondary schools across the state, saying that the quality of school infrastructure provided by the present administration does not only give Bayelsa students a sense of pride but also serves as a source of encouragement for them to work harder.
He described education as the foundation for any meaningful development, and identified lack of proper education and value orientation as the major cause for cultism, prostitution and other social vices in the country.
The Coordinator of the 2018 Essay Writing Competition, Michael Afenfia, described the winners as excellent, and explained that they were selected by a crack team of impartial judges, using grammatical accuracy, diction, creativity, punctuation, knowledge of the subject matter among other criteria.