Delta State, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has resumed the ‘no holds barred’ town hall meeting with the people of Ethiope East at Isiokolo and Ukwuani at Obiaruku.
The town hall session which climaxed the earlier commissioning and inspection of projects in the two local government saw the Governor pledging to commence new projects in the two LGAs.
Addressing the large gathering at Obiaruku, Governor Okowa said the revamped Technical Colleges now boast of the increased number of enrolled students.
” The technical schools are centers for our youths to acquire skills that will make them self-employed”. Governor Okowa said.
According to the Governor, “technical education is important to our children, in technical schools, they are not only taught to acquire skills but, also, conventional subjects they learn in secondary schools. It is our hope that the students will acquire the needed skills for them to be established on their own and we will convert more secondary schools to technical schools.”
The Governor disclosed that his administration pays a lot of attention to the employment of youths through different skill and wealth creation programmes, noting that the World Bank has recognized efforts of his administration to take the youths out of the streets by making them job and wealth creators.
On the issues of severe attacks by herdsmen, Governor Okowa condoled with victims of herdsmen activities, disclosing that the Federal Government had set up a committee to profer solutions to the challenges.
He strongly emphasized that the degradation of farmlands in the state, as a result of oil exploration activities have made it such that there is no land for Cattle Colony in the state.
The Governor urged the people to embrace the health insurance scheme stating that more than 60 hospitals and 100 health centers have been accredited for the programme.
He emphasized that the health insurance scheme was very important as it will ensure that people who do not have cash at hand will access medical facilities when they are ill.
Deputy Governor of Delta State, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro and political office holders accompanied the Governor to the town hall meetings which he described as an avenue for Deltans to freely assess his administration and contribute to the governance of the state.
He commended Deltans for their support, assuring that his administration will continue to meet the yearnings of the people.
Chairman of Ethiope East and Ukwuani local government councils, Chief Faith Majemite and Chief Chukwudi Dafe respectively, traditional rulers and other stakeholders stated that Governor Okowa has done well for the people through his administration’s people-oriented programmes.