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Charles Aniagwu
ASABA – With the aim to boost the quality of its educational sector, Delta State Government yesterday approved a N400 Million grant to 40 missionary schools across the state for the upgrade of educational facilities.

Speaking after an Exco meeting presided over by the Deputy Governor of Delta State, Commissioner of Information; Mr Charles Aniagwu mentioned that the grant had become imperative due to the value added by the missionaries’ schools to the educational sector of the state saying that, we see the need to assist them to upgrade their facilities and boost the human capital which will dovetail into improved learning condition for our children.

According to him, “The issue of consideration of the number of schools that would return to the missionaries, we have been considering how we can assist them after we have returned them to the missionaries. We believe that a number of those children in these schools are Deltans. We approved the grant of N400 million to 40 missionaries schools to enable them to improve on their facilities.

In the last seven years, we have taken a whole lot of time and effort to upgrade a whole number of schools that are under the state government but since the return of a number of these schools to the missionaries, we had hoped that they should be able to cope fully. However, the need for increasing infrastructural development due to the influx of students has given rise for the state governments support.

While noting the approval of several roads within Asaba metropolis, he mentioned that Exco gave its approval for the reconstruction of the Old Lagos/ Asaba road.

“Yes, it is a Federal road but our people traverse this road, so it is important we make the road safe for the sake of Deltans. The Exco has approved the first phase of reconstruction of that road which would start from Umunede in Ika North East to Obio in Aniocha North” he asserted.

He then expressed optimism over the completion of the second phase of the road project in the penultimate budget of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa saying that the last part of the road which is from Obio to Ogwashi-uku would be under the next budget.

He further disclosed the approval of 480 bed space in the Dennis Osadebey, after the games it would automatically be the facility of the school where students of school would use during the upcoming academic session.