Ovrode community cries out to DESOPADEC over abandoned projects
By Jon Egie
The Ovrode community in Isoko North LGA has cried out to the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Commission, DESOPADEC, to return to the village and complete the block of six classroom project which the commission awarded about five years ago and abandoned.
Chairman of the community, Chief Ikpavwo Fred made the call in an interview with SPY News Today during the occasion of the 20th inter house athlete completion of Ebe Primary School, Ovrode held March 19.
Asked for the observable constraints of the schools the community chairman said he was concerned with the pupils who sit on the floor and write on the floor every school day.
“There is no new structure; the one awarded by DESOPADEC about five years ago has been abandoned. We sent a delegation to DESOPADEC several times without results. I use this medium to call on them to come and complete the project they abandoned and to also call on the chairman of SUBEB to build and furnish a new classroom block for the school.
Earlier, the Head Teacher of the school, Pastor Ebateri Anthony called for support when he informed in an address, that the school was in need of brand new trophies/cups for various positions and events, pupils’ benches and desks, Teachers, toilet facility and portable water, as well as Teachers’ tables and chairs.
He said the community through its PTA has employed a day guard for the security of the school and three teachers to meet up with man power need for care of the children growing population.
According to him, the classrooms are not comfortable for learning and leave the pupils filthy at the close of school day.
He however expressed gratitude to Mrs. Ebueburho J.O. the President of Isoko Dev. Union (IDU) women wing in Ughelli for her regular donation of exercise notebooks to pupils of the school, a gesture which was also repeated during the event.
In a chat with Mrs. Ebueburho who also made handsome donation of the notebooks to student of the secondary school in the community, Ovrode Grammar School, Ovrode, she said her action is geared from her deep interest to contribute to the educational growth of the children and promised to maintain the donation for the next ten years.
Mr. D.E. Unumegu, Vice Principal, Ovrode G/S, who received the donation on behalf of the school Principal, Mr. B.N. Chukwujekwe expressed gratitude to the donor and prayed for God’s replenishment for her.