By Festus Ahon
ASABA—DELTA State governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has said that his administration will declare a state of emergency in the education sector with a view to upgrading facilities in state public secondary schools to meet current standards.
Okowa, while inspecting the level of damage done by fire at Chude Girls Model Secondary School, Sapele, said that public institutions should have facilities that would place learning in line with modern trends.
Thanking God that no life was lost in the inferno that razed the hostel of the institution, Okowa assured staff and students of the school that his administration had taken steps to ameliorate the effect of the fire outbreak on them.
He said: “I sympathize with the young ones who lost their belongings in the fire. We will try and replace what you have lost. This fire incident may be a blessing in disguise as I have inspected facilities here. I can assure you that this school will not be like this by next year.
“We will carry out construction work in the school systematically, so as not to affect academic work.”
The state Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr Chiedu Ebie, told the governor that 95 students were in the hostel when the fire incident occurred, disclosing, “two classrooms have been converted to hostels in the interim.”
Principal of the school, Mrs A. O. Omniabors, thanked Governor Okowa for his timely intervention, stating that philanthropists have come to the aid of the students since Friday night when the fire incident happened.