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120 Abandoned Delta Youths In Trinadad, Barbados To Return Soon

Posted: Jul 29, 2015 at 3:30 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
 By Felix Igbekoyi

Correspondent, Asaba


About 120 abandoned youths under the Delta State Youth Empowerment Programme (YEP) programmes, who were airlifted from the shores of Nigeria for vocational training on the islands of Trinidad and Barbados in the West Indies late last year, can now heave a sign of relief as the State Government has vowed to bring them back to Nigeria.


The State government has programmes such as “Students Special Assistance Scheme (Bursary), Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme, Financial Assistance to students in the Nigerian Law Schools, Aviation Scholarship scheme, Scholarship for Children of deceased Civil servants and physically Challenged Students, and local scholarship scheme (under-graduates, masters and Ph.D) to “cushion the financial hardship our students undergo while in pursuit of their academic ambition.


Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Barr Chiedu Ebie, flanked by two other Commissioners Fidelis Tilije, Water Resources, and Chief James Augoye, Works, Wednesday posited that based on the suffering and emotional torture they undergo, the state government during its executive meeting Tuesday agreed that since they were almost stranded they should be brought home.


He said they were expected to meet certain condition before they could come back home and that the state government would do its best to satisfy those conditions which informed one of the reasons why the government has given approval for the revival of three technical colleges to accommodate them and bring back their experience from the practical; technical education for the benefit of other Deltans.


According to him, out of the six technical colleges in the state of decay, three that are in Agbor, Sapele and Ofagbe would be revived and upgraded in terms of training of manpower, classroom blocks, and procurement of equipments, capacity building for teachers and others despite the paucity of funds in the state.

On whether the technical colleges would mean a duplication of efforts and funds to the SEEFOR and other vocational institutions in the state, Ebie, said SEEFOR is an interventionist Fund which cannot rehabilitate or revive the entire school, but that the Technical schools would further develop educational sector while artisans would be well trained and standard set.


It would be recalled that the former Commissioner for Higher Education in Delta State, Prof. Hope Eghagha, once said the  last administration released about N500 million each year for bursary while he debunked allegations that the Trinidad and Barbados programme was a scam except that the students were having some accommodation challenges.