By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Delta State Government has assured residents of its determination to sustain the on-going development in the state despite the prevailing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa disclosed this on Wednesday when he commissioned a block of six classrooms built by the Chairman, Ughelli North Local Government Council at Ododegho Secondary School, Ododegho.
Governor Okowa, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Chiedu Ebie, said that since the inception of his administration, the government had given priority attention to the development of the education sub-sector in the state.
He listed part of the development to include the construction and rehabilitations of schools across the state and the construction of the Teachers Professional Development Center at Owa Oyibu, Ika North East Local Government Area for the training of teachers.
According to the governor, the state government also recruitment 1,000 teachers for specialized subjects and posted to rural schools across the state to address shortfall in teachers.
Governor Okowa commended the community for the proactive steps taken to ensure that the school was established and by providing a temporary structure for the take-off of the school.
He charged parents in the community to encourage their wards to take education seriously, saying that the statistics on hand showed that the enrollment figure of the school had dropped drastically.
He commended the local government council chairman for building the block of six classrooms at Ododegho Secondary School and charged the community to take ownership of the project and safeguard it from vandals.
The Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr Patrick Ukah, urged the community to protect the project and continue to support the governor to attract more dividends of democracy to the community.
The Chairman of Ughelli North Local Government Council, Hon. Godwin Adode thanked Governor Okowa for the grant given to the council, saying it spurred him and his team to increase the internal revenue generation of the council which he said, enabled them to achieve the project being commissioned.
Hon. Adode listed other achievements of his administration to include vocational training and empowerment, provision of non-financial support, access to potable water and equipping of health centre.
He ualso rged the people to co-operate and protect the project to enable it achieve its purpose.