By Maudley Eduke
The Bayelsa State Government has disclosed plans to build new public primary and secondary schools along the Isaac Boro Expressway of the state capital, Yenagoa.
The schools according to the State Commissioner for Education, Hon. Gentle Emelah, will complement existing ones and provide more opportunities for young people to have access to quality education.
The Commissioner stated this in Yenagoa while appearing as guest on a live radio programme, Viewpoint monitored by our correspondent on Saturday.
Emelah said all the government schools in Yenagoa are currently located along the Mbiama-Yenagoa axis and not readily accessable to those living along the Isaac Boro Expressway
He said construction work was already underway for the schools in Yenizue-epie and in Biogbolo as well as in Ogbogoro.
“We noticed that all the government schools are along the Mbiama-Yenagoa road but we have people living along the express and not all of them can send their children to private schools.
“The Government, as a policy, have decided to introduce new schools along the express. As we speak there’s a school building construction going on along the express at Saptex road, Yenizue-epie and Ebis road biogbolo”.
The Commissioner also spoke on the issue of accreditation of courses at the state owned higher institutions, saying the government is working hard to achieve that.
He explained that the process for getting the schools accredited is already ongoing as well as the plan to have at least one Technical College in all the Local Government Areas.
He reiterated the stands of Governor Douye Diri the need for the youths in the state not to depend on government jobs but rather be entrepreneurs and employers of labour.
“The problem we have with the higher institutions is accreditation, but we have started the process. Before we round up our four years we must have established at least one technical college in all our local government areas.
“Research have it that more than 80% of graduates from technical colleges don’t have issues looking for job when they finish. They are self employed.
“We want to give our youths a reorientation, let them look for something they can do with their hands.”
He appealed to Bayelsans to be patient and support the government in order to enjoy everything it has to offer.