By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
A group under the auspices of Ijaw Interest Advocates,IIA(Izanzazn Intellectual Camp) today told the Delta State Governor, Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa and his Deputy, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro that their educational strides is sectional and lopsided in the state.
The group made the assertion in a statement signed and made available to AUTHENTIC News Daily the National Coordinator of the group, Amb. Arerebo Salaco Yerinmene Jnr.
The group said they(Ijaws)are marginalized educationally by the Governor Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa and Otuaro led Government stressing that,”More than 90% schools in the riverine (Ijaw) communities are dilapidated.”
The group challenged the Delta State Governor, Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa and his Deputy, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro to publish the locations where he claimed to have built and renovated 3,381 classrooms
across the 25 Local Government Areas in the State.
The group who divided the 3,381 classroms with the 25 Local Government Areas argued that Governor Okowa may have built only 135.24 classrooms each in schools in Burutu, Bomadi, Patani, Warri South-West and Warri North Local Government Areas respectively.
“We challenge Governor Okowa to publish the locations the classrooms are cited in Ijaw towns and villages.
“We can no longer live under circumstance. We bread Delta State with our God given Natural resources, we deserved to be treated as first class Deltans. We can no longer allow Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa led Delta State Government to continue to lie to our people. How can a responsible government always lie to the masses? How can a responsible government fail to address the primary needs of the people and yet toil with our collective intelligence.
“No! Enough is enough. We can no longer be deceived by Governor Okowa/ Kingsley Otuaro led Delta State Government.”