Saturday, January 30, 2021

Delta Universities Upgrade: Two Delta Ethnic Groups Marginalized, Mulade Tells Okowa

By Victor Bieni, Asaba

The National Coordinator, Centre For Peace And Environmental Justice (CEPEJ), Chief (Comrade) Sheriff Mulade has appealed to the Delta State Governor Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to include notable technical schools (College of Marine Technology, Burutu), and College of Education, Warri and others in his Delta Universities Upgrade programs as the two higher institutions are located in Ijaw and Itsekiri areas of the State to avoid Marginalization of the two ethnic groups.

Chief Mulade, a Traditional High Chief, the Ibe-sorimowei of Gbaramatu Kingdom made this appeal in a press statement made available to newsmen in Asaba, Delta State capital stated that the gesture is necessary to checkmate the tendency for the Marginalization of two ethnic groups in Delta on the planned upgrade of some institutions to universities in the State.

He said : "The alleged planned upgrade of College of Education, Agbor to a University of Education; the Anwai Campus of DELSU to a University of Agriculture; as well as the Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro to a University of Science and Technology, was calculated at upgrading only College of Education Agbor, but to douse tension and avoid open confrontation and accusations from other other ethnic groups of the State, the Governor technically included two other schools".

Chief Mulade, an educationist, further appealed to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to include the School of Marine Technology, Burutu, and the College of Education, Warri as well as Sinebe College, Bomadi to give a sense of belonging to Ijaw and Itsekiri ethnic groups in the planned school upgrade as development projects.

The press Statement reads in parts: "The Marine School of Technology, Burutu should be upgraded to a University of Fisheries, Marine and Environmental Studies; the College of Education Warri to a University of Peace and Conflict Studies; the Sinebe College, Bomadi to a University of Youths Development and Leadership; while the State School of Nursing Ofuoma-Ughelli to a University of Nursing and Midwifery Studies".

"When this is done, it will improve the educational prowess of the two ethnic nationalities of Ijaw/Itsekiri and Delta State in general".

"Failure to upgrade any of the recommended institutions in Ijaw and Itsekiri areas of the State would be regarded as a deliberate plan by the Governor to neglect the cry of the people and worsen the educational situation of the affected areas".

"It would be unfair to the Ijaws and Itsekiris of the State if the Governor ignored this appeal because they are the ethnic groups that contribute the largest financial quota to the State's development funds".

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