The Governor dropped the hint on Monday, 14/06/2016 at Ofagbe, Isoko North local government area of the state while commissioning the rebuilt Ofagbe Technical College, Ofagbe, as part of activities lined up to celebrate his one year in office.
The Governor also, commissioned Eni Primary School, Ellu and inspected the on-going construction work of Owheologbo/Abbi road project, also in Isoko North Local Government Area of the state.
According to Governor Okowa, his administration was not going to compromise technical education off the youths of the state which will enable them to be future entrepreneurs and employers of labour.
It is on record that to encourage skill acquisition, shortly after assumption of duty in 2015, Governor Okowa awarded the contract to reconstruct three technical schools into the state, viz: the technical school at Ofagbe, Sapele and Agbor.
“We need to re-equip our schools after providing the physical structures, we need to establish the boarding facilities from the next academic session,” the Governor said, stating, “Technical education is one of our cardinal programmes because, they afford our youths the opportunity to acquire skills and be employers of labour in future.”
He added, “We require this school and many other schools in the state to develop skills of our youths who will in turn, provide employment for our children in the future.”
The Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education in the state, Mr. Chiedu Ebie at the occasion, said, “Now that Ofagbe Technical College has been repositioned as a world class institution through massive infrastructural upgrades and refurbishment by the state government, there comes the time for the entire Ofagbe Community to reciprocate this kind gesture through community participation to secure and protect the school from vandalism and theft.”
In a related development, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has commissioned the rehabilitated cum constructed Kefas/Old Emede/Uzere road, Oleh in Isoko South local government area of Delta State amidst pomp and pageantry.
Speaking at the occasion, Governor Okowa assured Deltans, particularly, the Isoko people of more people-oriented programmes, observing that the contractor handling section C of Ughelli/Asaba road dualization project has been mobilized to site.
He used the occasion to appeal to warring communities in Isoko to embrace peace, saying, “I want to advise the youths of Emede and Igbide to embrace peace, I don’t think if a man kills a fellow brother, he will be applauded for it, the killing of another brother will not make the land to be your own, it is time for us to talk to ourselves.”
The Governor urged elders to always give information to security agents to nip security challenges in the bud, reiterating, “let us be wise, let us be cautious, let us live in peace with our neighbours.”
He charged the elders of the communities to cooperate with the Committee set up by the Local Government Chairman, Hon. Itiako Ikpokpo and help ensure peace in the area stressing “It is wrong for the elders in this area to hide the identity of those youths perpetuating this evil, they should contribute to ensuring the maintenance of peace and cooperate with the committee set up by the council chairman Hon. Itiako lkpokpo to look into the crisis and l hope that a lasting solution will be found so that my administration can continue with its vision for the development of Isoko land.”
President-General of Isoko Development Union (IDU), High Chief Iduh Amadhe at the occasion, said, “Your Excellency, we express our appreciation for your magnanimity towards the Isoko nation, we will remember you for making the best out of a difficult situation by completing the DELSU, Oleh Campus Access Road, completion and commissioning of the DELSU, Oleh Campus Law Faculty Complex, and on-going efforts by your administration at ensuring the accreditation of courses for Law and Engineering Faculties at the Oleh Campus of the DELSU, upgrading and improvement of physical structures of the Ofagbe Technical College and the Owhe-Ologbo/Abbi road construction work which is on-going.”
The President-General thanked Governor Okowa for, “the rehabilitation of the old Oleh/Emede road, widening of the shoulders of the road from the Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro to Notre Dame College, Ozoro, renovation of many primary schools in Isoko land, construction of the road leading to to the Anglican Grammar School, Iyede and the resurfacing of Otovo and other streets in Iyede; the recent approval for the construction of the Isoko Unity House which when completed, shall be pride and rallying point for every Isoko man and the oneness of purpose of the Isoko ethnic nationality.