eight public schools, in Constituency 2, Warri South Local Government Area.
Making the donation at Essi College 2, Warri, the member representing Warri South Constituency 2 in the State House of Assembly, Hon. Matthew Poko Opuoru, on behalf of DESOPADEC said, "As part of having the necessary educational materials in schools, we have decided to fill in the gap to make learning conducive for students and teachers."
He noted that most schools in Warri, despite the students' readiness to learn, lacked basic educational needs hence this intervention through DESOPADEC.
Hon Opuoru urged the benefiting principals and teachers to take proper care of the items donated, so as to guard against vandalism and theft, charging the communities to take ownership of the items, as government cannot, on a yearly basis, provide the same items.
Also speaking at the event was the DESOPADEC Board member representing Udu, Uvwie, Ughelli South and Urhobos of Warri South Local Government Areas, Olorogun Vincent Oyibode who said, DESOPADEC having realised that many pupils were learning without desks, decided to mark this Board's one year anniversary with commissioning of such executed projects, in line with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa's directive to the Board, to meet the needs of the people.
"This is my mandate area. We are here to distribute furniture to schools in the Urhobo area as a Constituency project. We are delivering the mandate of the Governor. You can see the joy on the faces of the teachers. This is in preparation for the reopening of schools, as we need more desks for social distancing. If you learn in a conducive environment, you assimilate better," Olorogun Oyibode stated.
The Assistant Head Teacher of Ikengbuwa Primary School, Mrs Juliana Ohwode, who received 60 students desks and six teachers’ tables and chairs, said the school lacked desks for both pupils and teachers, adding that the donation by DESOPADEC was what they really needed.
"This will impact positively on both teachers and pupils, because without desks, pupils would have no option than to sit on the bare floor. On behalf of the Head Teacher, we appreciate the gesture by DESOPADEC," she said.
The principal of Essi College 2, Chief (Mrs) Tina Brown Kporharo noted that the condition of the classrooms before now was very pathetic, adding that they had made several requests for desks to no avail. She further stated that the donation of 90 students desks and 12 tables to the school will make a great impact, especially on the Junior Secondary School 1 students, on their return from the extended holiday, occasioned by the Covid-19 lockdown.
The Youth Chairman, Ajamimogha Community, Mr Scott Awani, also noted that before now, the situation was very hectic for the pupils and teachers of Ikengbuwa Primary School. He then thanked DESOPADEC and the State Government for the intervention, noting that the pupils will be excited when they see them on their return to school.
The schools that benefited from the constituency project were Ikengbuwa Primary School, Pessu Primary School, Edjeba Model College, Essi College School 1, Essi College School 2, Igbudu Primary School and Olodi Primary School, all in Warri.