From Ochei Matthew, Asaba
Plans are under way by the Delta state government to introduce school fees in its public senior secondary school (SS1- SS111) in the state.
Revealing this at Government House, Asaba shortly after the executive meeting, Commissioner for Information, Patrick Uka, said the idea was a recommendation of the committee of the education summit held recently in the state.
His words: “The report of the just-concluded education summit was summited to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, which was presented at the exco meeting and was adopted as a working document. It was recommended that students from SS1to SS111 should now pay school fees while from primary to JSS111 should remain free as it is basic education according to the Constitution”
Also, Commissioner for Environment, John Nani, disclosed that the executive council has approved the payment of N500 million as counterpart funding for World Bank-assisted ecological programmes.
Nani said the ecological fund would take care of a lot of ecological challenges ravaging the state, saying that the fund would be monitored properly to ensure that the areas threatened by ecological problem were saved.
Many communities in Delta have suffered ecological problems, especially the people of Ukwu-nzu in Aniocha North local government of the state where over 47 houses had been submerged by gully erosion without any intervention from government.