By Onome Oghenetega
The Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, has declared that the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration is genuinely building an enviable human and infrastructural development in the state.
He said the Okowa’s administration was creating skills-based knowledge and economy to tackle the rising unemployment among youths in the state.
The Delta information commissioner spoke on Tuesday while inspecting four out of the nine new Technical Colleges being built by the state government at Omadino, Effurun, Orerokpe and Obiaruku areas of the state.
Aniagwu, accompanied by the commissioner for technical education, Mrs Gbubemi Ikolo, said the visible efforts of the PDP-led government of Okowa was not a ruse.
He said graduates of the schools upon commencement of operations would help bridge the technical skills gap in the country.
The commissioner said that as part of the State Government’s human capital development, there was a link among the different components of the skills acquisition programmes in the state.
He stated that the buildings which are different stages of completion could compete with those of conventional universities in the country and thanked Governor Okowa for his foresight in the establishment of the institutions.
“I must appreciate the governor for the vision to establish these technical schools and I also commend my colleague who obviously has done a lot of work in the supervision of these projects.
“When you look at these projects you will see that indeed, it’s a technical college but can actually pass for a university environment because a number of institutions don’t have these structures. This goes to show that our Stronger Delta agenda is not a ruse.
“Okowa is determined to bequeath a state that is functional in terms of human capital and urban renewal which is a part of the Smart Agenda.
“We are not just going to build the schools, we are also making efforts to equip them to make them functional and productive and I feel very proud to say that these legacy projects are coming up in our time,” Aniagwu said.
He commended the contractors for doing a good job and urged them to speed up work to meet project deadline.
Also speaking, the technical education commissioner, Mrs Ikolo said that the new schools would take-off in September, 2021, adding that the contractors had promised to speed up work to meet the target.
She stated that the ministry was reviewing the technical education curriculum with a view to introducing new trades in line with changing and environmental realities.
“We are in the process of strategically employing teachers for these new schools and by May/June we will commence the process of advertising for admission. The technical colleges would offer admission for boarding and day students,” Ikolo stated.
Facilities inspected by the commissioners in the various schools visited include administrative building and classrooms, hostels, dining halls, multi-purpose halls, clinics, residential buildings and landscaping.