The Senate Committee on Education has expressed astonishment at the landmark achievement of the Delta state Government in the Basic and Secondary Education Sector.
The Committee led by Senator Uche Chukwumerije also paid a courtesy call on Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan at Government House Annex, Warri, Delta state.
The Federal Legislator said reports by the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and the State Primary Education Board (SUBEB) hierarchy in the state, indicated that cooperation between the State and the Federal Governments was yielding remarkable results, urging sustenance of the synergy since basic education was the foundation of learning.
In his remarks, Governor Uduaghan explained that apart from the free education at the Primary, Basic and Secondary school levels, scholarship awards to first class University graduates and others were also being given on merit.
The Governor, who called for a second look at the payment of Primary School Teachers’ salaries, disclosed that the State subsidizes it monthly, to the tune of about 600 million naira as the Local Governments were incapable of meeting the obligation.
He however pledged that the State Government has concluded plans to construct the access road to the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun.
Also, former Plataeu State Governor, Chief Joshua Dariye and Senator Pius Ewherido, representing Delta Central Senatorial District at the Senate, amongst others were in the Committee, which is on a routine oversight visit to the State.