By Onome Oghenetega
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has commissioned the 7.9km Oha-Orerokpe-Oviore road and bridge constructed by the administration of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State.
The Benue governor, who also inaugurated the newly constructed 3,000 capacity Army Day Secondary School, Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area of the state, blamed the current insecurity in the country on failure of government at all levels to provide the people with quality education.
Ortom, while inaugurating the projects, accused the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari of being insensitive to rising cases of killings in the country.
He urged the Federal Government to urgently seek the support of foreign forces in tackling the worsening insecurity challenges across the nation.
He said that governors whose states were being attacked by terrorists had become helpless in protecting the lives and properties in in the state.
Ortom pointed out, “If they (referring to bandits) were educated, they would have found themselves something meaningful to do rather than occupying themselves with committing evil across the country.
“I say so because I believe in education and if you want to develop a people, give them quality education and so I must commend Governor Okowa for the quality school and for creating three new universities in Delta.”
The Benue governor while commending Okowa for inviting him for the inauguration of the project, thanked Deltans for supporting Okowa in his efforts to massively develop and unify the state.
“Governor Okowa has demonstrated immense capacity and commitment to achieve result in all tasks assigned to him and he remains our pride both in the PDP and in the Governors’ Forum.
“Without education there cannot be any meaningful development and a single facility hosting about 3,000 students is a good deal and worthy of commendation. With the universities you have created, it will be easier to absolve them when they finish their secondary education.”
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In his remark, Governor Okowa said his administration was committed at providing enduring legacies for the people of the state.
On his part, Governor Okowa said his administration was doing a lot even though a lot was still needed to be done.
“We are doing a lot but we still realise that a lot still needs to be done even as we continue to build new schools and also completing the projects we inherited from the previous administration.
“We believe in Technical Education and we also believe that our people should be imparted with necessary skills to make them self-reliant and to survive the challenging times.
“We are multiplying the number of Deltans that are gainfully skilled and empowered in their choice vocations, adding that “a minimum of 4,000 Deltans are trained yearly in the various vocational centres in the state”, Okowa said.
He commended Ortom for coming to inaugurate the projects saying “Despite the challenges we have in our country, especially in the North Central, you still made out time to be with us in Delta, it shows the friendship and love you have for us.”
Also, Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom, HRM Emmanuel Sideso, Abe 1, OON commended Governor Okowa for his outstanding accomplishments in his kingdom.