It is our candid appeal that the abandoned permanent site project of Delta State school of Marine Technology, Burutu, be completed without further delay. It is wrong that Ifeanyi Okowa and other successful governments of Delta State do not take Ijaw riverine areas development serious.
The economic importance of Burutu surpasses economic contributions of other LGAs in the state whereas the governor starved us of meaningful engagements and development but deem it fit to spread critical developmental projects in areas that do not produce a drop of oil. This is a sign of huge neglect, political and economic marginalizations from successful governments in the state. What we get as a people is not commensurable to our huge economic contributions to the state IGR, and the federal allocations. This is a sheer wickness, and it is unethical.
The permanent site project was awarded by his predecessor, Dr Emmanauel Uduaghan and abandoned after a take-off. We(IPDI) protested and the contractor was mobilized back to site, and the project was raised to the second story decking level and since then the project has been abandoned till date.
The important of this project cannot be overemphasized. The school since its establishment is occuping a Civic center owns by Burutu community. The Civic center was built for the community use and for school use. The community can’t put the place to use since the school is occuping it, making the purpose of the Civic center in Burutu community defeated. It is just unfortunate that the school now make use of Burutu grammar school for lecture space.
The Civic center also does not have the needed space and housing facilities to address office accommodation needs. There are no enough lecture halls for lectures. Lots of staff in the school do not have office space. About 5 or more teaching staff squat in one office. Others, who do not have office space to squat turned lecture halls as office. These are enemous constraints of the school that need the urgent intervention of his excellency senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, in a view of completing this project to allow the school relocate to its permanent site.
The benefit of the school to Deltans cannot be overestimated. He shouldn’t add sentiment to the project. The project is not Burutu project but will serve the entire state when completed.
We are calling on his excellency Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to mobilize the contractor back to site and if it is the contractor that is responsible for the abandonment of the project, the contract be revoked and be given to another competent company and the contractor be arrested for contract scam, failure to do the needful by governor Ifeanyi Okowa, we may embark on a peaceful protest in Burutu and Asaba to tell the world the level of injustice we are facing owing the fact that Burutu is the highest oil producing LGA in the state.
Comrade Ozobo Austin
National President Ijaw People’s Development initiative, IPDI.