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Delta NUJ urges Okowa to drop Muoboghare’s PPP model for three new varsities

By Oghenekaro Gabriel

The Delta State Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), has urged the State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa to drop aspects of the Prof. Patrick Muoboghare led committee’s recommendations for a Public-Private Partnership for the three newly created state universities.

The Union in a communique issued today, at the end of its Congress, observed that the recommendations if adopted would discourage easy access to university education by qualified Deltans, thereby defeating the main purpose of establishing the universities in Anwai, Agbor, and Ozoro.

It added also that, adopting a PPP model might lead to job loss for existing academic and non-academic staff, thereby increasing the alarming rate of unemployment in the state.

Chairman, Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ), Delta State Council, Comrade Mike Ikeogwu

 

The communique which was signed by its Chairman, Comrade Michael Ikeogwu, and Secretary, Comrade Patrick Ochie, also stressed the need for the state government and security agencies to beef up security in public places, especially schools, police facilities, and media houses, which have become soft targets for attacks in the state and other parts of the country, in view of the recent threats of attacks issued by suspected Fulani Jihadists, advising residents in the state to always be security conscious.

The communique reads in part, “The Union condemned the recent attacks on police stations and killing of policemen in Delta State, warning that should the trend continue, it will pose a serious danger to innocent lives and property in the state

The union called on the Delta State Government to construct permanent Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps at strategic locations to take care of people sacked from their homes annually by flood, especially parts of Oshimili South, Aniocha South, Ndokwa federal constituency, Isoko, Ughelli, Warri, Ewu, Okwagbe, and other riverine communities.

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Congress condemns the unprofessional conduct of health workers particularly nurses and doctors towards patients in public hospitals across the state. A situation where doctors and nurses are hostile in attending to patients and engage in sharp practices in various pharmacies/dispensaries within the hospitals. It, therefore, called on the state government to beam its searchlight on the hospitals to put an end to these sharp practices.

The union expresses worries over the rising wave of cultism particularly in secondary schools across the state. It also notes with disdain the attitude of some teachers who encourage the sales of hard drugs in secondary schools which gives impetus for CULTISM to thrive in society. The union, therefore, advised parents and guardians to monitor their children and wards.

Congress while commending the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration for the ongoing construction of the NUJ press center and the recent commissioning of people-oriented projects across the state, draws the attention of the government to the litany of uncompleted projects such as the Ayakoromo Bridge project, Omadino-Ughoton-Adagbrasa road project, among others. The Union appeals for speedy completion of these projects across the state to enable him to finish strong.

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