University Of Delta Gets Medical School.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta stated on Thursday that a contract for the development of facilities for the University of Delta’s College of Medicine and Health Sciences in Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area, will be granted in a few weeks.
Okowa made the announcement at the opening of Royal Mira British College in Owa-Oyibu, Ika North East Local Government Area, where he stated that, contrary to deliberate misinformation being spread in some quarters about the college’s location, it would be located on the Agbor campus of the university.
He stated that the explanation was necessary because of the rumors and outright lies being spread regarding the medical college’s location, adding that individuals spreading the erroneous information were mischievous and rude.
The governor expressed his concern for the state and its people, and urged Deltans to support the government’s programs and policies, which he claimed were designed to better their living conditions.
He expressed his displeasure with the erroneous information concerning the university’s medical college’s location, claiming that it was designed to stir public discontent.
“I am glad that the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Delta Agbor is here and very soon, we will award the contract for the construction of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
“Let me put it on record that the College of Medicine is to be sited at the main campus of the University of Delta, Agbor.
“I am reiterating this today because some people have continued to pass false information through social media and I don’t know the reason why people have continued to do that.
“We do not play politics with our institutions; we do not play politics with our projects and programmes.
“As Governor, it’s possible that I would have decided that the university be sited in my village and I don’t think that people would have crucified me. But, I chose to do the right thing. We did the upgrade of existing institutions to universities; so, for people to play politics with it I think it is very insulting,” he said.
He said that the university’s Vice-Chancellor was already working with a consulting firm to develop plans for the project on land adjacent to the institution.
Okowa asked the spreaders of rumors to stop doing so and focus on activities that would help Deltans rather than sending them false messages.
“Enough of the dichotomy in this state. We must stop spreading not just rumours but falsehoods.
“We must learn to be supportive of the government so that working together we can truly develop our state and make it one of the best states among the comity of states in the country.
“We are already on track in that direction and I hope that we would work together to enthrone the next administration that would continue to build on the foundations we have laid,” he stated.
The governor congratulated the proprietor of the new school for the vision of giving back to society and urged the teachers to keep the standards by developing the children character-wise in such a manner that they would be “well-schooled’’ morally and educationally.
He said “I am excited with what I am seeing here today. I saw the school spring up during construction and I must congratulate Elder and Deaconess Moses Iduh for investing in education not just for the rich but for the poor and the middle class.
“I am very convinced that this is the right school for children to study as their fees are competitive and affordable.
“Any money spent on education is not wasted because education is the best gift any parent can give to children.
“Let us continue to bring development to our various communities; when you create the enabling environment and people don’t come to invest you get discouraged but I am glad about investments like this.
“We will continue to do the best that we can to change the narratives of our people.”
Chairman of the occasion, Chief Paul Adingupu, commended the proprietor for the huge investment and urged the management to ensure that the fees were moderate to attract more students.
He called on the government to support the school with incentives because of the high number of employment it had generated.
Earlier in his address, the Director and President of the school, Moses Iduh, had said that the school was equipped with modern learning equipment and had male and female hostels.
He said the underlying philosophy in establishing the school was to give back to society and thanked Governor Okowa for creating the enabling environment for private investments to thrive in the state.
The Minority Leader of House of Representatives, Chief Ndudi Elumelu, his colleague who represents Ika Federal Constituency, Mr. Victor Nwokolo attended the ceremony which featured cultural dances by the students; Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori, among others.