On Tuesday, the Delta government announced that it had authorized the distribution of a 400 million naira grant to 40 missionary schools in the state so that they can upgrade and expand their facilities.
During a press conference to discuss some of the decisions taken at the State Executive Council meeting chaired by the Deputy Governor, Mr. Kingsley Otuaro, the Information Commissioner, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, made this announcement.
During the briefing, Aniagwu, who was seated next to the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika, announced that each of the 40 schools would receive N10 million.
He explained that the law was a deliberate effort by the state government to ensure that schools do not fall behind in terms of facilities and efforts to develop human capital.
“In today’s Exco meeting, a number of decisions were taken and one of them is the approval of a N400 million grant to 40 mission schools in state that were previously run by the state government before being handed over to missionaries.
“This translates to 10 million naira for each of the 40 mission schools to enable them to improve their facilities because you know that over the past seven years we have spent a lot of effort and time upgrading a number of government-run schools.
“But, since the return of a number of these schools to missionaries by the last administration, we had hope that they too would be able to cope fully. Yes, they did very well because they were able to add value to these schools,” Aniagwu added.
According to him, the first phase of the Old Lagos-Asaba road, which stretches 7.6 kilometers from Umunede to Obior, has also received the approval of the state executive council.
The commissioner said the government has approved the construction of men’s and women’s hostels with 240 beds each at Dennis Osadebay University in Asaba to provide safe accommodation for athletes to ensure the overall success of the 21st National Festival. sports. be housed in the state.
He went on to say that the council had also approved the construction of an indoor sports complex for close competitions for the national sports festival inside the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.
“We have approved the construction of a 240-bed space at Dennis Osadebe University for women and another 240-bed hostel for men that will house athletes coming to Asaba for the National Sports Festival.
“The reason for locating them on the premises of the university is that the hostels will also serve as hostels for students after the sports festival.
“We have also approved the construction of an indoor sports complex which would house further games in the Stephen Keshi Stadium,” the commissioner said.
He claimed that the Maritime University of Nigeria, Okerenkoko in the Warri South West Local Government Area of the state had received approval for the construction of an additional lecture hall.
He said approval had been given for the construction of drainage channels to connect the Asaba Stormwater Control Project to drain the core area, Off DSS Road, Asaba.
Aniagwu said six streets adjacent to Asaba had been given the green light for construction in a bid to advance the state government’s urban renewal program.
The appointment of John Holt Ologho as Regent of Emevor Kingdom in Isoko North Local Government Area was also endorsed by the government at the meeting.