The Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Chiedu Ebie has said that the Okowa led administration is committed to developing Education at all levels in the State. He made this known during the Award/Prize giving ceremony for winners of the Chris Ikomi Memorial Annual Essay Competition for Secondary Schools in Delta State organized by the NNPC/Chevron joint venture in partnership with the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education.
Mr. Ebie, said the Delta State Government would not relent in its efforts in ensuring that the standard of Education in the State is not compromised and this was why the administration of His Excellency, Senator Dr, Ifeanyi Okowa was embarking on continuous upgrade and renovation of public primary and secondary schools across the state, which also included the upgrade of Sapele, Ofagbe, and Agbor Technical Colleges, which was in-line with the administrations focus on repositioning technical and vocational education for the benefits of its citizens and the society.
He also stated that three other technical colleges in Issele-Uku, Kwale, and Ogor were undergoing renovation works, even as the State Government had given approval for the establishment of a teachers development center for the training and retraining of teachers in the state to keep them abreast with modern teaching techniques.
The Commissioner thanked the sponsors of the competition for their commitment towards sustaining the competition, while appealing to good spirited Nigerians and Corporate bodies to emulate the NNPC/Chevron Joint Venture towards the development of Education in the State as the Ministry was ready to accept any viable Public Private Partnership arrangement that would advance the course of Education in the State.
Earlier on, the General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Chevron Nigeria Limited, Mr. Esimaje Brikinn, represented by Mr. Tony Emegere said the commitment of the NNPC/CNL Joint venture is still firm as it has always been towards improving the quality of education in Nigeria because education was important for the development of the Country. He said Chevron Nigeria Limited had demonstrated this commitment to qualitative education over the years through investments in Education Infrastructure, Manpower development programs and provision of Scholarships for indigent Students.
The Chris Ikomi Memorial Essay Competition was initiated by NNPC/CNL JV in partnership with the Delta State Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education to promote the study of English language as a subject and essay writing among secondary schools in Delta state. It is organized in memory of Late Chris Ikomi, a staff of Chevron Nigeria Limited who lost his life in active service during the 1990 inter-ethnic crises in Warri.