Okowa’s 2017 Report Card (2)

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ON this column and on these pages last week, we kick-started the x-ray of the performance of the Okowa administration in the fiscal year 2017. This is with the view of putting out the facts for posterity and history.
For the purpose of effective recap, we examined the issue of the administration’s performance with an inquest into some sectors of the state’s economy.
Specifically, we looked at the housing, environment, sports, health and the education sectors.
EDUCATION
In the education sector, we x-rayed the outing of the Okowa administration by highlighting its spectacular performance in the following ways:
>SUSTENANCE OF REMEDIAL ACTION ON THE STATE’S TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL CENTRES
In this sense, the administration not only completed its massive retrofitting work on the first phase of its technical colleges, but also expanded it by introducing and effectively implementing the second phase, on account of which all of the six public technical colleges in the state are now fully rekitted for full functionality and for the effective exercise of their mandate as the unfailing reservoir or factory for the production of the effective technical and vocational hands to drive the development of the state.
>ESTABLISHMENT/OPENINGOF 24 PRIMARY AND SECXONDARY SCHOOLS
In the course of the year under consideration, the administration of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, in an effort to improve on access to public sector education in parts of the state, approved and established a total of 24 primary and secondary schools, all of which have since taken off.
>EXPANSION OF MANDATE OF COE, MOSOSGAR
In the course of the 2017 fiscal year, the administration also effected the expansion of the mandate of the College of Physical Education, Mososgar, to make it a full- fledged College of Education in the mould of others in Agbor and Warri. The move takes to three the number of such colleges in parts of the state, taken in concert with its counterparts in Warri and Agbor. The development means a significant expansion in the scope of opportunities available to Deltans from the public mains for such genre of education offered by such schools.
>MAINTAINED ITS BURSARY/SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME
In the year under review, the Okowa administration also sustained its alluring policy of financial support for deserving tertiary students of the state origin via its Delta State Bursary and Scholarship Board (DSBSB). Thousands of students accessed support from the government via the board during the year under review.
>SUSTAINING OTHER EXISTING EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
In addition to all else, the administration also sustained its existing more than 3,000 public basic and secondary schools, its three polytechnics in Ogwashi-Uku, Oghara and Ozoro; its multi-campus university, Delta State University, DELSU, seated administratively in Abraka; its Colleges of Education in Agbor, Warri and Mosogar as well as its schools of Nursing and Midwifery and College of Health Technology, Ufuoma, near Ughelli.
HEALTH
Under the health sector, we also examined the performance of the Okowa administration. Chiefly, we held the following as credible evidences of the stellar outing of the administration in this regard:
>LAUNCHING OF SECOND WEEK OF MATERNAL, NEWBORN AND CHILD HEALTH WEEK
The launch of the second phase of the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week in the last quarter of the year shows the commitment of the state government to active promotion of the health of the public, particularly the most vulnerable groups, by the significant enhancement of the potency of the state’s primary health care system.
>TAKE-OFF OF STATE CONTRIBUTORY HEALTH SCHEME
The effective take-off of this revolutionary health care scheme in the state remains one of the outstanding achievements of the administration for the year under review and underscores its proactiveness in terms of health care service delivery from the public mains.
This scheme, which has captured thousandnaire enrolees, is meant to respond to the vital questions of access and quality in service delivery from the public mains. It is a scheme that is set to redefine the tenor and tempo of service delivery in the vital sector both in terms of reach and other essences.
SPORTS
In the sports sector, the administration undertook the following steps in fiscal 2017:
>HELD THE STATE SPORTS FESTIVAL
The effort of the administration in this regard led to the reactivation of the state sports festival which had been in the doldrums for almost a decade. Beyond the prism of sports, the festival is meant to actively promote understanding and unity among the diverse groups in the state.
>APPROVAL OF CONSTRUCTION WORK ON ASABA TOWNSHIP STADIUM
In order to consolidate the gains of the state in the area of sports development, the administration also okayed the resumption of work for the completion of the Stephen Okechukwu Stadium,also called Asaba Township Stadium. The completion work, which started in the year under review, is now fast advanced.
>APPROVAL FOR THE HOSTIN OF ALL AFRICA SENIOR ATHLETICS MEET
During the year under review, the administration equally okayed the hosting of the Senior African Athletics Championship. The high –heeled event is meant to be held at the Asaba Township Stadium in August this year, and the state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, in a stoic demonstration of understandable enthusiasm at the prospect, has since inspected the on-going work where he exuded confidence in the ability of the state to meet expectation in that regard.
>SUCCESSFUL PARTICIPATION IN NATIONAL YOUTH GAMES IN KWARA
Delta State, during the period under review, equally participated in the National Youth Games held in Kwara State at which it took the first overall position on the medals’ tally.
HOUSING SECTOR
In the housing sector, the administration undertook the following major action:
>INSTITUTION OF ACTION ON NEW CENTRAL SECRETARIAT PROJECT
In the fiscal year 2017, the administration signed a contract for the establishment of an imposing new central secretariat complex to house some 27 ministries, departments and agencies still in rented apartments, more than 25 years after the state was created on August 27, 1991.
POWER SECTOR
In the power sector, the government of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa also undertook some major actions with regard to power infrastructure, including power deals with Luxra Nigeria Limited, Yutai Li Nigeria Limited, Basanchury Power solutions and a Russian firm for the supply of clean power to augment what is now locally available to the state-estimated at just 9 per cent of the projected daily requirement of 1,008 Mega Watts of electricity.