* Promises to revamp famous colleges in Rivers
By Codratus Godson
Gov Nyesom Wike of Rivers State took a swipe at his predecessor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, for allegedly wasting funds to build big schools in what he called lonely locations.
On the other hand, the governor promised to rebuild those he called famous schools that he said had helped to mould prominent personalities and made the state famous educationally.
The governor expressed sadness over alleged wastage of funds by the previous administration in building new schools far away from where large number of people reside and abandoned structures of the old school.
He said if proper attention had been given to schools located within densely populated areas they would have continued to produce renowned personalities as in the past to the benefit of the state.
He said: “You know those who have made names in Port Harcourt; some of them attended these old schools. I have promised that we will do all we can to bring back the schools to what they used to be.”
Gov Wike made these statements while inspecting the progress of rehabilitation work at the Government Comprehensive Secondary School and the Enitonia High School located in Borikiri Town in the Port Harcourt local government area of the state.
He said he had rescheduled another meeting with the old students of the Government Comprehensive Secondary School, led by their chairman, Noble Abbey, to see what other things his administration would add to the ongoing rehabilitation. He said the landscaping of the school is a top priority to him.
“I won’t allow the schools to die. We must continue to retain the name. We will also look at the schools that missionaries have taken over like the Okrika Grammar Schools. We will invite the missionaries to discuss the modalities,” he added.
The governor also inspected extent of work done at the Real Madrid Football Academy located at Elekahia Town and said no excuse would be accepted from the contractor from handing over the project in August.
He said the academy must commence formal training in sports and academic activities in September 2020 when the new academic session begins.
Gov Wike commended the contractor for the pace of work that has reached the plastering stage of the administrative, classrooms and hostel blocks.