In a move to take education to rural communities of Rivers State, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on Saturday flagged off the reconstruction of Community Secondary School, Ubima in Ikwerre Local Government Area.The school sited in the village of Former Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has been abandoned for several years without any form of upgrade.
Performing the flag off, Governor Wike recalled how the Former Rivers State Governor stopped the rehabilitation of the school in 2014.He said: “As the Minister of State for Education, I tried to intervene and rehabilitate this school. But the Former Rivers State Governor drove away the contractors on the ground that the Federal Government cannot intervene in a school in the state.
“But God’s time has come. As governor, I now have the opportunity to turn around the fortune of this school. I also call on the Federal Government to also intervene in projects in this state, even though, I know they will never do so”.
Governor Wike said that the reconstruction of the Community Secondary School, Ubima will be completed in five months, as the funds have been deposited in the account of the State Ministry of Education. The governor charged the people of Ubima to work with the contractors for the scheduled delivery of the project. He informed that the State Government is tackling the security challenge in Ubima by checking the excesses of kidnappers and cultists in the Community.
Governor Wike announced the process for the revival of electricity in Ubima, with the donation of a transformer. He directed the Commissioner of Health to commence the process for the rehabilitation of General Hospital, Ubima, while he stated that the road leading to the Community Secondary School, Ubima will be constructed.
Former Rivers State Governor , Sir Celestine Omehia thanked Governor Wike for remembering Ubima, which was forgotten by Amaechi, an indigene of the area.He said that Governor Wike has made history by his decision to reconstruct the Community Secondary School, which was built through communal efforts in 1980.
Former Chairman of the Governing Council of Kaduna Polytechnic, Chief Sergeant Awuse regretted that the Former Rivers State Governor would exhibit so much hatred for his people. Awuse wondered why President Muhammadu Buhari is harbouring Amaechi who has no political relevance, aside the sponsorship of violence in the area.
Senator George Thompson Sekibo praised Governor Wike for taking development to Ubima, even when their own son neglected them.Rivers State Education Commissioner, Dr Taminosisi Gogo-Jaja said that new facilities such as administrative block, modern classrooms, laboratories, hostels and staff quarters.