Forty mission schools in Delta State are to benefit from a ₦400 million grant by the state government. The approval of the disbursement of this intervention fund announced on Tuesday, is to enable them to upgrade and expand their facilities.
The Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu, who announced this while briefing journalists on some of the decisions reached at the State Executive Council meeting presided over by the Deputy Governor, Kingsley Otuaro, said each of the 40 schools would receive ₦10 million.
Aniagwu explained that the gesture was part of the state government’s deliberate measures to ensure that the schools did not lag behind in terms of facilities and human capital development effort.
According to him, “At today’s Exco meeting, a number of decisions were taken and one of them is the approval of disbursement of ₦400 million grant to 40 missionary schools in the state that were previously being run by the state government before they were handed over to the missionaries.
“That translates to ₦10 million for each of the 40 missionary schools to enable them improve on their facilities because you do know that in the last seven years, we have taken a lot of effort and time to upgrade a number of schools that are run by the government.
“But, since the return of a number of these schools to the missionaries by the last administration, we had hoped that they too, should be able to cope fully. Yes, they had done very well as they have been able to add values to these schools”.
Aniagwu stated that the state executive council also gave approval for the reconstruction of the first phase of the Old Lagos – Asaba road from Umunede to Obior which, according to him, is 7.6 kilometres.
To guarantee the overall success of the 21st National Sports Festival to be hosted by the state, the commissioner said the government approved the construction of male and female hostels of 240-bed space each at the Dennis Osadebay University, Asaba, with a view to providing secured accommodation for the athletes.
He said the council also approved the construction of indoor sports complex inside the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, for short-range games for the national sports festival.
“We approved the construction of 240-bed space in Dennis Osadebe University for female, and another 240-bed space hostel for male which will house the athletes coming to Asaba for the National Sports Festival.
“The reason for siting them in the university premises is that the hostels will also serve as students’ hostels after the sports festival.
“We have also approved the construction of indoor sports complex that would house other games within the Stephen Keshi’s stadium,”the commissioner said.
According to him, construction of an additional lecture hall was approved for the Nigeria Maritime University, Okerenkoko in Warri South West local government area of the state.
To de-flood the Core Area, Off DSS Road, Asaba, Aniagwu said approval was given for the construction of drainage channels to connect the Asaba storm water control project,adding that six adjoining streets in Asaba were also approved for construction with a view to advancing the urban renewal effort of the state government.
Also at the meeting, the government approved the appointment of JohnHolt Ologho as the Regent of Emevor Kingdom in Isoko North local government area of the state.