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UNDP Vocational Training Centre In Delta To Be Shut Down

UNDP Vocational Centre
Posted: May 26, 2016 at 4:10 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Emma Arubi

Warri – The United Nations Development Programme, (UNDP), Vocational and Technical Laboratories at Egbokodo, Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State will be shut down on May 31.

Established in 2005 in collaboration with the State Government   through the United Nations Office for Project Services, (UNOPS) as well as SPDC, the closure is due to the alleged refusal of  the Okowa administration to release the State government’s counterpart funding since assuming office on May 29, 2015.

The establishment of the centre by the then Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan administration was to revive the obvious dearth of vocational education in Delta State in particular and the nation at large, so as to reduce over-dependence on white collar jobs and oil exploration, especially for the teeming jobless youths of Delta State.

In a Save-Our-Soul (SOS) petition addressed to the Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, the Comrade Ajagbe Oritsegbegbemi leadership of NAIG stated that the failure of the Delta State government “to meet her counterpart funding obligation since 2015 sadly to note, made the SPDC to pull out of the collaboration during the inception”.

The petition which was signed by Oritsegbegbemi and Ben Eyitemi Eburajolo, President and Secretary of NAIG appealed to Dr. Okowa to use his “good sense of judgment to immediately look into the issues surrounding the UNOPS Egbokodo in order to forestall the possible closure of the centre”, whose technical laboratories and workshop may not be found in a conventional Nigerian university or polytechnic.

While noting that the  premature closure of the ultra modern vocational training centre would give Delta State government a very negative rating for international donor partners and amount to colossal waste of resources, the Itsekiri graduates urged Governor Okowa to direct the management of SEEFOR as well as the Office of the Chief Job Creation Officer of the State to urgently undertake assessment visit to the centre to ascertain the fears of people in the area.