Delta to hold Education Summit
After months of studying the level of decay in the
educational sector of the state, the Delta State
Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa has inaugurated a six-
man committee to organise an education summit .
While inaugurating the committee Tuesday in
Asaba, Governor Okowa stated that “ a good
educational system has the capacity to produce
transformed individuals in the sense that they
are equipped with the knowledge and skills to
develop the society they live in and make a
success of their careers and lives. ”
He stated that an education summit has become
necessary to check the falling standard and
noticeable deficiencies in the present education
system in the state and the country in general.
The Governor stated that the theme of the
summit which would hold in the first quarter of
2016 is ‘ Leap Frogging Education in Delta State ’ .
The Governor said the committee has former
Commissioner in the state, Prof . Patrick
Muoboghare as Chairman and Mr Vincent
Magboma as Secretary.
He asked the Committee to consider “ learning
goals, value orientation, social transformation ,
community participation , learning climate,
service learning and centre of excellence , ” while
choosing resource persons for the summit .
Governor Okowa said it was part of his campaign
promises to refocus the curricula of schools in the
He asserted that “ there is a sense of realisation
that our present educational system is grossly
deficient and out of touch with the realities of
the 21 st century society ; in fact, those who say
we should declare state of emergency in our
education sector are speaking the minds of many
“ In today ’ s knowledge economy , education , not
oil or natural resources, has become the
competitive edge of serious countries all over the
world; the meteoric rise of countries like
Singapore, Malaysia , China and South Korea that
have leapfrogged other third world nations and
joined the elite league of developed nations is
due largely to the development of their human
capital . ”
He noted that human resources account for 65
per cent of a nation ’ s socio – economic
Prof. Muoboghare who responded on behalf of
members of the committee thanked Governor
Okowa for deeming them fit to serve in the
committee, noting that the committee has capable
members to plan for the summit .
Members of the committee include, Hon. Chiedu
Ebie , Sir Jude Sinebe , Mrs Pat Ejeteh , (Prof . )
Mrs Mary Edema and Mr Jackson Ekwugum .