How Gov. Okowa Redefined Delta Education In 3yrs.



While Deltans continue to celebrate the the administration of the State Governor, His Excellency Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa for a 3 year rule marked by superiority and distinction in terms of infrastructural development especially in road networks, it is also important to highlight his indelible strides in the Education sector. The success recorded in changing the social milieu where vocational education and craft is relegated to the background in pursuit of Tertiary Education certificates and degrees, remains an ineffaceable impression.

When the Ika born leader mounted the leadership position of one of the richest states in Africa's most populated nation, he introduced what  is known as the  S.M.A.R.T. agenda. Since then, the Governor has explored key strategies geared towards wealth creation in order to fulfill his promise of prosperity for all Deltans.
The most striking of these strategies is the revamping of the Technical and Vocational Education sector across the state.
Vocational education is education that prepares people with requisite skills to work in various jobs, such as a trade, a craft, or as a technician.

In a move to drastically reduce the unemployment rate in the state, the bill for vocational education was passed in the state assembly.



Over 13 certificate awarding Technical Colleges and Vocational Institutions  have been equipped with modern technology and qualified teachers, in all the Senatorial Districts of the state.

The Technical Schools are:

  1. 1. Technical College Agbor
  2. 2. Technical College Sapele 
  3. 3. Technical College Ogor
  4. 4. Technical College Issele-Uku 
  5. 5. Technical College Ofagbe
  6. 6. Technical College Kwale

The Vocational Institutions are located in:

  1. Ozoro
  2. Bula
  3. Asaba
  4. Egbokodo
  5. Afesere

The development has created a paradigm shift in the education sector, as students now register in these institutions of learning and acquire skills which not only makes them employable but also prepares them to become employers of labour.

The state government is optimistic that soon, Delta State will begin to provide the skilled manpower required to drive Nigeria's technological revolution.

The skills offered in the schools with certification include:

  1. Electrical and Installation 
  2. Motor/Auto Repair and Maintenance 
  3. Building Technology 
  4. Catering 
  5. Bead making. 
  6. Welding and Fabrication 
  7. Hair Dressing 
  8. Fashion Design, and all kinds of general craft. 
"We are equipping our children to acquire skills, to be equipped for the future, the schools are going beyond the training to be involved in production activities" said the state governor.
The State Chairman for Technical And Vocational Education Board (TVEB) Mrs. Obanor Clara said the initiative will provide employment for Deltans who according to her "are roaming about". She said with the skills they acquire, they can start up something and go on to employ others are they grow.
As the People's Democratic Party today September 30, holds her gubernatorial primaries with the Governor reportedly adopted as a consensus candidate for continuation of his mandate, it is our ernest prayer that the momentum to promote education is sustained.

By Onwordi Ngozi Fortune

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