Okowa assures local government councils of financial support to pay salaries
By Jon Egie
Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has assured that very shortly, the State government would be able to support the finances of the local government councils across the State in the payment of their salaries.
Speaking during a Town Hall meeting held at the CAPO Hotel, Patani; Saturday, Oct 21, Governor Okowa said there are close to 1500 primary and secondary schools in Delta State and hence, it is difficult to provide facilities for all of them. But according to him, the State government on its part is coping with the 469 secondary schools only that it is difficult for the LGCs to cope with the 1021 primary schools across the State.
He assured that very soon, going by the trend of the economy and revenue generated through oil derivation, the DTSG would be able to give financial support to the LGCs to pay the salaries of LG workers and primary schools’ teachers.
It could be recalled that previous administration of Ibori and Uduaghan had regularly augmented short falls of funds meant for payment of primary schools teachers’ salaries across the State until recently when the Okowa administration, faced by fund paucity which the governor attributed to the national economic recession and activities of militants that adversely affected export quantum of oil in Delta State, LG workers and primary schools teachers have been in dire financial situation.
The assurance given by Gov Okowa therefore casts a ray of hope for the famished LG workers and primary school teachers to be refreshed through payment of the huge backlog of salaries owed them.
Gov Okowa said his focus on technical education is aimed at enabling young Deltans acquire skills that would make them employable and self-employed. To that effect, he has given approval for the rehabilitation of the Boys Model School, Patani stressing that the DTSG, through a pilot scheme, is looking at the possibility of introducing technical education into regular secondary schools system to enable them acquire useful skills.
“We are interested in technical education and desire to put existing technical colleges in order before opening new ones. We have gone far in rehabilitating the technical schools in Ogor, Ofagbe and Sapele and we have provided adequately for rehabilitation of schools in the 2018 budget” Okowa said.