-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Michael EKOKORUWE:
Ultra modern six classroom building of Egbedi Primary School, built by Isoko Association of North America has been officially unveiled by the Delta State Commissionee for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah, at Ibrede, in Isoko North local government area of Delta State.
The Commissioner was represented by the Chief Inspector of Education (CIE) in Isoko North, Mrs. Cecilia Babigha.
Speaking during the opening ceremony, Chief Obaro Odu, President General of Isoko Association of North America said, the school building is a joint effort project of Ibrede indigenes in North America and Isoko Association of North America. According to Chief Odu, “In 2017 at Dallas Texas, an image of dilapidated mud school building of about 70 years old was shown to us as class room were children of the community were studying”.
Odu maintained that members of the association moved by compassion, organized conventions to raise money even as they levied and taxed themselves to commence the construction of the school building now completed for commissioning.
He stated that, “We didn’t have money to build the classroom block, but we had the will, and today we and here”, noting that the association also embarked on other numerous self help community projects in Isoko land. Odu added that those in Diaspora will not forget their home land and communities.
Chief Odu appealed to the state government for continuous partnership which according to him, will do greater things for the people in various communities, adding that it is not too late for the government, representatives and business leaders to engage them for purposeful projects towards the development of the communities.
He urged the pupils and teachers of Egbedi Primary School Ibrede to maintain the facility and keep the environment clean.
Odu cautioned against vandalism and urged them to plant trees and grasses around the school building to make it beautiful.
Also speaking, High Chief Iduh Amadhe, President General Isoko Development Union, urged Ibrede people to remain united and forget the past. He reiterated that moving forward will unite the children and bring sustainable development to the community. Amadhe urged the leaders and teachers of the community to maintain the edifice, noting that the privilege should not be jeopardized.
The President General of Isoko Association of North America, Chief Obaro Odu commended the patron of the association, Hon. Eta Enahoro, M.D/C.E.O Skyward Resources Limited, High Chief Iduh Amadhe, President General Isoko Development Union, Dr. Esi Oweh, President General Ibrede community, the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education Chief Patrick Ukah and Mr. David Agbaduta, former President General of Isoko Association of North America.