People of Gbaregolor community in Ughelli South local government area, have protested against government plan to relocate the Campus of the School of Marine Technology from the community to Bomadi and Burutu communities.
They protested yesterday along major streets in Ughelli, Otu-Jeremi and Gbaregolor, and noted that the law establishing the institution was enacted by the Delta State House of Assembly in 2006 with clear reference that the headquarters of the School should be at Burutu in Delta South with multi-campuses at Gbaregolor in Delta Central and Kwale in Delta north.
ASP Benson Omorovwon (Rtd.) and Barrister Emmanuel Ophiemu who led the protest lamented that the initial plan of government for the establishment of the school was for it to serve the three senatorial districts in the state effectively.
They explained, “when the school authority wrote to the people of Gbaregolor of their challenges of land and a temporary site, the community provided an administrative block, school building and 50 hectares of land for it to take off smoothly, hence all admission processes were carried out at the Gbaregolor campus last year, but the reverse is the case this year”.
“As we speak, admission and aptitude test are being carried out at College of Education Warri, Bomadi, Agbor, Kwale and Burutu in Delta South and North respectively. Whereas Gbaregolor that is the only campus in Delta central senatorial district was left out of this year’s admission”, they stated.
They called on the President General and Executive of the Urhobo Progress Union, Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Monday Ovwigho Igbuya, Rt. Hon. Ovie Agas, Secretary to the State Government and well meaning individuals of Delta Central to prevail on the state government not to relocate the school from Gbaregolor because it is the only campus in Delta central.

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