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Delta to float foreign skills acquisition programme * As Uduaghan abolishes single educational progromme in public schools

By Chinedum Kalu

Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan disclosed on Wednesday that the State Government would soon float a foreign skills acquisition programme to enable some youths of the state's origin to acquire capacities abroad.

Governor Uduaghan has also directed the State Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education to begin the process of converting single public schools in the state to mixed ones beginning from September.

Governor Uduaghan,who announced these while inaugurating four model primary and secondary schools in Warri built and rehabilitated by his administration, has pleaded with host communities of public schools to have a sense of ownership of such institutions and protect them against vandalism.

Inaugurating the famous Nana Model College, one of the 13 model colleges built by his administration, Dr. Uduaghan reiterated that the State Government under its human capital development agendum was placing serious emphasis on education.

"Apart from the schools we have here, very soon we shall be sending some of our young ones for skill acquisition outside this country,preparatory to the industrial revolution that is ongoing in Nigeria with Delta State as one of the key states under the Federal Government Programme of industrial revolution.

"We have other schools programmes but for us education is the key. Without an educated society you cannot have development. So we are concentrating on education not just health. Between health and education we have a comprehensive human capital development programme for this state.

"From the primary school to the secondary, to tertiary school and to a larger part postgraduate we are doing a lot in the area of education. We have our scholarship schemes that we are giving out at every level. We also have our skill acquisition programme that is on going," he said.

Uduaghan,highlighting the benefits of co-educational school system, announced that the Nana College, which is a girls' school would starting admitting boys into junior secondary class one from September.

"So from September we are going to have a transition (in Nana College) starting from class one. We will start having boys in this school from class one until when we get to five, six years when it will now be a mixed secondary schools.

"So commissioner for education, all these schools that we have as boys and girls we must start the transition phase of mixing them together.

"I attended a mixed secondary school and I believe very strongly in mixed school. We must teach our children to live together from a young age. I found out that people who attended mixed schools when they grow older they tolerate each other more."

Expressing displeasure at the actions of persons vandalising public institutions, Dr. Uduaghan called on host communities to develop a sense of ownership around such facilities and protect them against intruders.

Governor Uduaghan,who also inaugurated Alder's Town Special School in Warri, decried the attitude of individuals who come into the school to vandalize and desecrate it, noting that disabled persons should be encouraged to attain their God given potentials and nobody should stand in the way of their successes in life.

He informed that the state government has a robust programme for physically challenged persons in the state, ranging from special scholarship and five per cent quota for every employment carried out by the state government.

The Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Prof. Patrick Muoboghare in his address at Nana College explained that the 13 special model secondary schools were built because of the Governor's vision to revolutionise the education system in line with his three point agenda of human capital development, infrastructure development and peace and security.

"Alongside the building of these schools, the state Government is carrying out a massive construction of new schools and renovation of existing ones across the state . This is with the aim of providing our pupils and students in primary and secondary schools respectively with good learning environments like their counterparts in the advanced world," he said.

PRESS UNIT
GOVERNMENT HOUSE, ASABA
FEBRUARY 26, 2014