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Delta Govt to Hold Education Summit in 2016, Says Okowa

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*Inaugurates 6-Man planning committee*

In his determination to use education as tool for economic transformation, the Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has inaugurated a six-man committee to organise an education summit.

Inaugurating the committee yesterday (03/11/15) in Asaba, Governor Okowa stated that “a good educational system has the capacity to produce transformed individuals in the sense that they are equipped with the knowledge and skills to develop the society they live in and make a success of their careers and lives.”

He stated that organising an education summit has become necessary to check the falling standards and noticeable deficiencies in our present education system in the state and the country in general.

While stating that the theme of the summit which would hold in the first quarter of 2016 is, “Leap Frogging Education in Delta State,” the Governor said the committee which has former Commissioner in the state, Prof. Patrick Muoboghare as Chairman and Mr Vincent Magboma as Secretary, should consider “learning goals, value orientation, social transformation, community participation, learning climate, service learning and centre of excellence,” while choosing resource persons for the summit.

Buttressing the need for the summit, Governor Okowa said it was part of his campaign promises to refocus the curricula of schools in the state. 

The Governor asserted that, “there is a sense of realisation that our present educational system is grossly deficient and out of touch with the realities of the 21stcentury society; in fact, those who say we should declare state of emergency in our education sector are speaking the minds of many Nigerians.”

“In today’s knowledge economy, education, not oil or natural resources has become the competitive edge of serious countries all over the world; the meteoric rise of countries like Singapore, Malaysia, China and South Korea that have leapfrogged other third world nations and joined the elite league of developed nations is due largely to the development of their human capital,” the Governor observed.

He noted that human resources accounts for 65 per cent of a nation’s socio-economic development.

Responding on behalf of members of the committee which include, Hon. Chiedu Ebie, Sir Jude Sinebe, Mrs Pat Ejeteh, (Prof.) Mrs Mary Edema and Mr Jackson Ekwugum, the chairman of the committee, Prof. Muoboghare thanked Governor Okowa for deeming them fit to serve in the committee, noting that the committee has capable members to plan for the summit.

In another development, Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has called for support for members of Nigerian Legion describing them as people who put their lives at stake for the sake of the country.

The Governor made the call yesterday (03/11/15) when members of the Nigerian Legion, Delta State chapter led by Lt. Col. Daniel Amenah [Rtd] paid him a courtesy visit in Asaba.

According to the Governor, “you (members of Nigerian Legion) have served the nation meritoriously, you have risked your lives for Nigeria and we cannot afford to ignore you at any point in time, you deserve our support and the support of all Nigerians.”

He assured members of the Legion of his administration’s support as they prepare for the Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration and urged them not to relent in contributing to the growth of the society.

The Governor commended members of the Legion for their support, especially, for felicitating with him on his victory at the election petition tribunal.

Earlier, the Secretary to the group, Captain Chris Oditah who read the Chairman’s address said the visit was to congratulate Governor Okowa on his recent victory at the election petition tribunal and re-assure him of the support of members of Nigerian Legion.

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