Madonna School, Okpanam, Re-Opens January, 2018, Requests for Security

By Pauaul Nwawayalani
As the authorities of Madonna School for Children with Special Needs, Okpanam, in Oshimili North Local Government Area, Delta State plan to re-open the school in the second week of January, 2018, stakeholders have urged the state government through the office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), to endeavour to fulfil the promise of attaching five armed policemen in the location of the school before the second week of January, 2018 resumption date, directing for a survey of the school land and making appropriate demarcations to indicate the boundaries of the land belonging to Madonna School.
Arising from the tripartite meeting of stakeholders, comprising members of Ugoani-in-Council, Okpanam, Catholic Bishop of Issele-Uku Diocese and Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul, managers of Madonna School for Children with Special Needs, Okpanam, working out the mechanism for the re-opening of the school as earlier agreed with the SSG, Rt. Hon. Festus Ovie Agas, they urged the state government to kindly embark on the reconstruction of the classroom block that was razed by unscrupulous elements some months ago.
Also, they appealed to the SSG not to renege on his promise to give personal donation to support the social work for vulnerable children with special needs being carried out by the Daughters of Charity.
By the letter dated November 29, 2017, and personally signed by HRM, Mbanefo Michael Ogbolu, the Ugoani of Okpanam, he notified the SSG that “it is worthy to inform you that after our last meeting in your office, whereby we agreed that further development of property in the premises of Madonna School be halted, eight new buildings have in fact sprang up there, information at our disposal is that development is done mostly in the night hours and Sundays when citizens are at their places of worship.”
He stated that in view of this ugly trend, Daughters of Charity have raised Public Notice on sign posts and placed them at strategic places within the vicinity of Madonna School, warning trespassers and persons of the risk of illegally dealing or transactions on the parcel of land belonging to the school, adding that most painfully, those sign posts have been either removed or stolen by unknown persons.
Copies of this letter were equally forwarded to the various government agencies, including the Attorney General/Commissioner for Justice, Delta State, and Commissioner for Education, Commissioner of Police, His Lordship, Catholic Bishop of Issele-uku Diocese, security agencies, among other authorities.