Pa. Friday Irunkwor, a trado-medicine practitioner has expressed worries over the delay in the upgrading of College of Education (COE), Agbor to a full-fledged university, saying he hopes it has not become a vision abandoned.
According to him, “God has favoured Ika nation very well by positioning her people at the top to be instrumental to the growth and development of Ika land.
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“But to me, it seems the who-is-who in Ika nation are sleeping over the actualization of this laudable vision to have a university now that we have all it takes to make it work out. College of Education, Ekiadolo established the same time with the COE, Agbor, has now become Tayo Akpata University of Education.”
While commending Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his developmental strides which he said no doubt speak volumes and well of his administration, he appealed to him to return home and attend to the pressing needs of his people of Ika nation.
Continuing, he stated that there is an Ika adage that says, “Ụlọ kẹ egu ge e furu ịhịan e shi isere,” meaning that his good works will be better honoured and appreciated if he starts from home.
Pa. Irunkwor appealed to Okowa and other Ika sons such as the Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN); Mr. Godwin Emefiele; Jim Ovia; Hon. Cairo Ojugboh; SSG of the state, Barr. Chinedu Ebie and to as many concerned to remove tribalism and use their good office to see to the upgrading of the College of Education, Agbor to a university.
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He used the opportunity also to draw the attention of Governor Okowa to the poor road construction work in Ika nation, saying that he learnt the road construction projects were contracted to Ika people who have now turned enemies of Ika land by executing poor work because of their selfish gains. He further appealed to Okowa to double his efforts towards attracting developmental projects to Ika “as delay is dangerous.”
He maintained that the upgrading of College of Education, Agbor to a university when accomplished, will be highly beneficial to Ika nation and Delta State as a whole, revealing that admission into the institution’s NCE programme has been dwindling since prospective students now prefer university and polytechnic education.
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Concluding, Pa. Irunkwor stated that the conversion of the College of Education to a university has been a long awaited dream which according to him must not slip off from “us this time.”