Aniocha/Oshimili Deserves A Complete Federal University And NYSC Members Deserve Better - Hon. Joan Onyemaechi Mrakpor

 The Honourable member representing Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency of Delta State at the House Of Representatives, Hon. (Evang.) Mrs. Joan Onyemaechi Mrakpor, has stressed the urgent need to create a full-fledged Federal University in the constituency she represents.

She also stressed the need to tackle unemployment in the state. The lawmaker who has gained popular support and widespread recognition both within and outside her constituency for her uncommon developmental strides over the past three years, lauded the state governor Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa for his initiative to invest in technical and vocational education. She described the move as timely and as one of the panacea to reducing unemployment.

In a recent exclusive interview granted to Arise Africa, Hon. Mrakpor asserted...

"We have established skills acquisition centres in the constituent L.G.A.s of Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency. This will complement the efforts of the state government in promoting technical and vocational education as a tool for creating employment for our teeming youth population."

The lawmaker hinted that she introduced a bill aimed at establishing a federal university in Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency.

She reasoned that the three (3) Federal Government controlled tertiary institutions in Delta State are restrictive thereby making things very difficult for Deltans who wish to acquire education. She pointed out that the Petroleum Institute in Efurrun, Warri, Newly Established Admiralty University, Igbuzor, and Federal College of Education Technical are all  restrictive.

Hon Mrakpor who as a first timer at the house of Representatives already has one of her 15 bills (Nigerians in Diaspora Bill) signed into law has gained the admiration of her constituents and other lawmakers including the SSA to the President on Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

Hon. Mrakpor has proposed that the Federal College of Education Technical should be converted to a full scale University and accredited to offer courses that Aniocha/Oshimili people and Deltans usually run to other states to study.

"I am calling out all prominent men and women as well as public office holders of Aniocha/Oshimili today, we need to put up something that will engage our youths. If we keep saying 'it doesn’t matter' sure it does matters; because when they are not sleeping you too will not sleep, our youths are in a large number between ages of 18 and 35 years, a great  percentage of them are idle and unemployed. We need to do something about it," she said.

Hon Mrakpor has a hand full of bills ready to become law very soon. She talked about one of the bills that seeks to provide welfare for security agents in Nigeria.

"There should be a commission solely responsible for the welfare of Nigerian security agencies. Today the there is no roof over their heads, when they are transferred within the states they are abandoned under the staircases with their bags as pillows, even their uniforms they source for, especially the rank and file, with this the Nigerian State cannot get the best out of them. A rested head is a responsible head," she concluded.

She hinted that public/private partnership towards industrialization is key to drive the economy of the state while providing meaningful employment for the youths. She listed out some of the bills she has put before the house.

The following are bills she sponsored which she says are set to be passed into law:

  1. Security Service Welfare Infrastructure Development Bill; it went through second reading of the house. 
  2. The National Council on Elderly Persons Bill, it has also passed second reading, it is at the committee stage. 
  3. The National Youth Service Corps bill has gone pass through second reading, it is at the committee stage. 
  4. Nigeria Children Trust Fund Bill, Nigeria Coast Guard Commission Bill, etc.

By Onwordi Ngozi Fortune.

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