UPGRADE COLLEGE OF EDUATION, WARRI TO AUTONOMOUS UNIVERSITY - Itsekiri Strategy Group
By Tetsoma Neyin
Itsekiri Strategy Working Group, has called on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to upgrade the renowned College of Education Warri to an autonomous University.
A statement made available to newsmen recently in Warri and signed by Engr. Gbesimi Akperi said that since the creation of Delta State, no tertiary institution has been established in Warri by any of the state government, adding that Governor Okowa should use this opportunity to write his name in gold in the hearts of the good people of Warri South where the school is located.
"We call on the Governor to upgrade the College of Education, Warri to a full fledged University to redress the injustice of the past," he said.
"Your Excellency, you must not do anything to kill all that we have brought into the union of Delta State. We in Warri will always remember Prof. Ambrose Alli for giving us College of Education, Warri. What will you be remembered for?", the group asked.
" The College of Education, Warri was created by the Bendel State Government of Prof. Ambrose Alli in 1979 along with that in Agbor and Igueben. Since that time and throughout the life of Delta State till date, no tertiary institution has been established in Warri (Warri South LGA)," he said.
" Many tertiary institutions have been created in the state with none in Warri. The College of Education Abraka was upgraded to Delta State University with campuses created in Senatorial districts. Oleh campus for South and Anwai campus for North Senatorial Districts. In this exercise, Warri, the commercial capital of the State which is the main source of the revenue Delta State was left out", he said.
" Polytechnics were created in Oghara, Ogwashi-Uku and Ozoro, Warri was conspicuously left out. There is also College of Physical Education, Mosogar, Warri is left out in all these creation." he further stated.
Engr. Akperi appealed to the Governor to remember Warri this time by upgrading the College of Education, Warri to a complete University.