By: Ike Philip AbiagomThe marginalization of Ndokwa and Ukwuani people for years by the federal and Delta state governments will soon be a thing of the past,because the Ndokwa People will soon begin to feel the unprecedented presence of the federal government of Nigeria in their territory. But their lamentation will soon become a thing of the past and forgotten forever. This is coming on the heels of a recent bill sponsored by our Distinguished senator representing Delta north in the national assembly, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi.
Senator Peter Nwaoboshi has deemed it fit to sponsor a bill to establish a Federal University of Agriculture and Technology ,Aboh in Ndokwa East local government area of Delta state. The bill which was presented on the floor of the Nigerian senate, reports revealed, has passed through first reading on the floor of the house. It was presented on Tuesday, 1st day of June 2021 by senator Peter Nwaoboshi, representing Delta north in the National Assembly.
The Bill for the establishment of first ever Federal University of Agriculture and Technology in Ndokwa Land. 2021 (SB. 733) sponsored by the Senator representing Delta North senatorial district in the Nigerian Senate and Chairman,Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs Delta,Distinguished Peter Nwaoboshi, aka Oracle,passed 1st reading on the floor of the Senate.
The Bill was read for the first time in the hallowed Chamber on Tuesday, 1st day of June 2021.The Bill seeks to establish the Federal University of Agriculture and Technology ,Aboh in Delta State and to make comprehensive provisions for its due management and administration.
The very essence of this bill is to provide a highly specialised Institution where youths of our nation can be developed in various agricultural endeavours in an academically charged environment.
The people of Ndokwa Land in Delta State see the proposal as laudable because when it is achieved it will go a long way in achieving his agenda, principally on his educational policies and by implication, strategic wealth creations, projects and provision of jobs for Deltans. It is pertinent to know that educational policies cannot be achieved without relevant institutions of higher learning like Universities.
Frankly speaking, the establishment of the University in Ndokwa Land will give room to an avalanche of job opportunities and increase the rate of economic activities within Ndokwa Land. Most importantly, with the teeming population of Ndokwa students seeking admission into the few available vacancies within the Universities in the state. It therefore becomes imperative for establishing additional University. Besides, it will reduce the risk and stress of Ndokwa students seeking admission in distant states of the federation. Not only that, the cost or rate by parents’ expenditure on their children’s education will be reduced because University are nearby.
Apart from that, with the high level of insecurity in Nigeria, students within the state that should have gained admission in other states that are prone to issues of insecurity, which would have placed their lives and their parents/guardians in perpetual fear, may decide to take advantage of the proximity of the newly established Universities.
If any ethnic nationality in Delta State is to complain, I think it is the Ndokwa ethnic nationality. In virtually all ethnic nationalities, it is the people of Ndokwa that is grossly marginalised in the aspect of institutions of higher learning. The people are aware that the perennial neglect on the aspect tertiary institutions is an offshoot of past administrations.Our Distinguished Peter Nwaoboshi,aka Oracle,the people of Ndokwa also know that you have great love for them which was made manifest especially in your first bill to establish Federal Polytechnic, Kwale, which was passed by the senate but the bill was natural killed by the House of Representatives but your efforts was laudable.From all indications, based on the privileged information before us, one can say authoritatively that this bill will not go the way of the Federal Polytechnic, Kwale, as it has the total support and commitment of the leadership of the senate , and in line with the progressive pedigree of the Presidency.Our Distinguished Peter Nwaoboshi , desirous of giving Ndokwa stakeholders their yearnings for the establishment of a federal Higher Institution of repute, have lobbied, and consulted all involved in order to give the Ndokwa’s hence Anioma Nation, their utmost desire, and effective representation.
The dire need of institutions of higher learning in the area has become a bane and a case of serious concern which the people have been praying fervently for you to use your good offices as their proactive representative to give them a face-lift now that establishment of tertiary institutions has become imperative. By the calculations of an average Ndokwa person, he knows that, your representation will make Ndokwa take her pride of place by God’s grace.
All and sundry should keep in mind, that the three Local Government Areas that made up Ndokwa are among the major oil producing areas in Delta State. Recall also that the people are the second to the largest ethnic group in Delta State. Yet, there are no dividends in terms of provision of tertiary institutions to show for the large population and enormous economic endowment of natural rich resources.
The people of Ndokwa at home and diaspora sincerely commend the priceless gesture of Our Distinguished Peter Nwaoboshi and pray that he consider the plight of Ndokwa nationality in terms of institutions of higher learning.The outright marginalisation are at times mistaken by some persons as due largely to the factors such as, the Ndokwa politicians are weak, selfish and self-serving. Hence, they lack the political will power to lobby and attract meaningful developmental projects to their areas. These are sayings of distractions that are highly detrimental to Ndokwa developmental agenda. And such ideas should be nipped at its bud.
Our Most Distinguished sir, with due respect, the people of Ndokwa are of the opinion, that you can still make a great difference in addressing the injustice and abject lack of fair play in responding to the dreams and aspirations of the neglected people by former political leaders.
Furthermore, under the present administration of His Excellence, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa,the Executive Governor of Delta State ,the Ndokwa nation was still neglected again in the establishment of additional three state Universities and none was established in Ndokwa Land, even in the appointment of Vice- Chancellors and registrars of the new universities , no Ndokwa son or daughter was deem fit to head any of the Universities. What a shame!
Very recently, our Distinguished representative at the National Assembly, Sen. Peter Nwaoboshi, the Senator representing Delta North Senatorial District at the Senate, saw the pitiable state and the urgent need for tertiary institutions in Ndokwa land, he fought doggedly to ensure that Federal Polytechnic is established in Kwale. After the bill was successfully passed by the senate with his political influence but when the same bill was presented by Ndokwa Representative at the Federal House of Representative because he was weak, selfish and self-serving. Hence, he lack the political will power to lobby like Our Distinguished Senator Peter Nwaoboshi,the bill was truncated by heavy weights and Today, nothing is heard about the proposed Federal Polytechnic, Kwale. It is obvious that Ndokwa nation has sheer neglect from past successive administration in the distribution of tertiary institutions.
In all frankness,the neglect of Ndokwa nation on the establishment of tertiary institutions should not be attributed to any one at all. The beauty and glory of it all is that we have an altruistic senator, a Political Restorer who has been restoring all things in the Anioma since his assumption of office. The case of Ndokwa on the aspect of tertiary institutions I believe Almighty God ought not to be different.
I hereby appeal to all our major political office holders, political stakeholders, religious leaders, traditional leaders, academia, all Ndokwa sons and daughters to take the issue at stake as cogent.The people of Ndokwa once again appreciate Distinguished Peter Nwaoboshi for his bold step taken again to establish a full fledged Universities in Aboh. It is our sincere hope that Ndokwa should have a fair share of the dividends of your good representation as Delta North Senator particularly on the aspect of institutions of higher learning as the establishment of the University will be a giant step in the right direction and a major milestone in the history of legislation in Nigeria.