Muoboghare Lists Benefits Of Schools Handover To Missions

BY PATRICK NWANZE/ISIOMA OBIONOCHIE

DELTA State Government says that its decision to handover schools to missionaries, is aimed at generating competition and boost morality among youths.

The State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Professor Patrick Muoboghare, gave the explanation yesterday during a grand reception organized by members of St. Anthony’s College, Ubulu-uku, Old Boys’ Association (SACOBA) to mark 2012 St. Anthony’s Day.

The commissioner who was represented by Mr. Monday Megbulem, Director of Administration in the Ministry, declared that government was determined to handover more schools to missionaries.

According to him, government was interested in enhancing public-private partnership (PPP) to boost education development in the state. He explained that private ownership, missionaries and government ownership of schools would provoke competition and give parents opportunities to make choices on schools to send their children.  He opined that missionary schools would help to boost morals and reduce crime among youths.

The Commissioner said they recognize Old Boys and girls of public schools as partners and will continue to support them and appreciate their contributions.

Earlier, the President of SACOBA, Sir Patrick Chukwurah  decried the dilapidated condition of their alma mater and called for concerted efforts to rehabilitate the structures and make the school habitable and conducive.

Highlights of the occasion was presentation of Awards to Chief Austin Izogbo, Mr. ken Mozia and Sir P.K. Chukwurah and lecture on The Rights of the Nigerian Child and the Role of Citizens” by Mr. Ken Mozia.