By Nosa Akenzua
The executive assistant to the Delta state governor on communications, Dr Fred Oghenesivbe, has said that the reasoning behind the planned upgrade of three institutions of higher learning in the state was without tribal or ethnic consideration.
Oghenesivbe, in a statement on Monday in Asaba, disclosed that the state governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, did not, and would, not govern the state with ethnic or tribal consideration and that the upgrade of the College of Education Agbor, Ozoro Polytechnic and Anwai campus of Delta State University, to full-fledged universities was based on government specific focus, at this time, to further boost the educational sector in line with the state and federal government revised policy on education.
The assistant posited that activist Sheriff Mulade, got it wrong when he insisted that failure by the Okowa government to upgrade certain schools and institutions in Ijaw and Itsekiri nations would amount to injustice. He pointed out that the state government, under Okowa, had been fair to Delta South Senatorial District, comprising Isoko, Ijaw and Itsekiri ethnic nationalities, in terms of political appointments, infrastructure development, employment and wealth creation for the people.
He further asserted that school upgrade must meet certain criteria and must seek to address specific challenge or challenges and projected measurable benefits for the targeted class of people, adding that as a self-acclaimed educationist, Sheriff Mulade knows that the three upgraded institutions of higher learning in the state, should admit students from the three senatorial districts without segregation, nepotism or ethnic criteria.
According to Oghenesivbe, Governor Okowa believed strongly in the equitable distribution of power, fair allocation of resources and spread of infrastructural development across the three senatorial districts.