It is their right to protest, it is your right…
By Emmanuel Chiedu
Education is the bedrock of every society. Without it, the community will shrink and development will cease. This is why education should be a priority agenda for every government at every level, be it federal, state or local government.
There is no doubt that Nigeria can truly become an economic power-house and realise its visions only if proper attention is given to education, promoting and rewarding creativity, channeling its material and human resources to productive use.
One person who understands this is Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, the Delta state Governor. Upon assumption of office, the administration formulated a technical and vocational oriented education policy with the objectives of boosting literacy, expanding quality education and developing skilled people.
It is important to note that the six technical colleges in the state have been repositioned to deliver teaching and learning innovation to prepare the products for leadership and business success. For the sake of separating facts from fiction, some of the schools will be mentioned, feel free to confirm the projects.
In a little over two years, Governor Okowa’s administration has also embarked on massive infrastructural upgrade of facilities across selected public primary and post-primary schools in the State. In his words: “So far, we have constructed a total of 560 classrooms and renovated another 599. Within the same period, a total of 59,267 classroom furniture and 7,884 teachers’ furniture were provided by this administration.”
Four model secondary schools have been upgraded and given facelift, namely; Ogbemudein College, Agbor; Owa Model College, Boji Boji Owa; Alema College, Abigborodo, Warri; and Burutu College, Burutu. While work is ongoing in the following model schools: Government Secondary School, Ughelli (Former St. Theresa); Emore College, Oleh; Ashaka Mixed Secondary School, Ashaka; Ogini Grammar School, Ogharefe.
With the recent complete review of books for the secondary school system for improved curriculum delivery, quality remains highly assured.
The governor while presenting the 2018 budget said that “the sum of N18.7 Billion is allocated to the education sub-sector for capital projects”.
Considering the huge success recorded in the last year, it is imperative that Deltans pull together to support the state government’s drive to reposition education in the state.