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Delta Bans Trailers On Highways, Recruitment Of Teachers

Posted: Oct 2, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Felix Igbekoyi


As part of efforts to control the menace of articulated trucks and trailers on the roads, the Delta State Government has concluded plans to ban long trucks from highways in the state. The ban may not be unconnected with the emerging menace of trailers being parked on the highway by the Asaba International Airport.

The government also vowed not to employ teachers for now as the existing teachers, noting that the more than 14,000 teachers in the payroll of the state Post Primary Education Board (PPEB) would be deployed to the new schools

The Commissioners for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah, flanked by his works and Basic and Secondary Education counterpart, Chief James Augoye and Mr Chiedu Ebi disclosed the government’s position while briefing the press after the executive council meeting in Asaba on Wednesday.

He said that the menace of the trailers had become worrisome, adding that measures have been put in place to check the ugly trend. According to him, in order to to ensure that the roads in the state were motorable, the government had also directed the Direct Labour Agency (DLA) to embark on palliative measures on the roads while waiting for the rains to stop.

“We are going to embark on massive construction of roads, we are just waiting for the rain to stop,” he said, adding that the government had also set up a high-powered committee which has the state Deputy Governor, Barrister Kingsley Otuaro as Chairman to curb the effect of the impending flood.

He also disclosed that the executive council meeting, presided over by Governor Okowa also resolved to embark on awareness campaigns in the riverine communities to sensitize them on the urgent need to move to safe areas to reduce the effects of the impending disaster.

He said that the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration was not leaving any stone unturned to safeguard the lives and property of Deltans, adding that the Committee would ensure that appropriate measures would be applied to educate and protect the people.

The Commissioners also disclosed that three new secondary schools have been approved for Asaba, Ughelli and Agbor to cater for the increasing number of students in public schools as a result of the handing over of some schools to the missionaries.

He said that due to the financial crunch, existing structures would be used for the new schools, reiterating that the intention of Governor Okowa’s administration was to maintain the universally accepted students to teachers’ ratio.

“Despite the financial situation of the economy, EXCO looked at the need to ensure that our children gets the best in education, so, the new schools will reduce the crowding been witnessed in some of the schools and we are doing it with little or no cost because we are using existing structures,” he said.