Governor of Bayelsa State, Douye Diri, has requested the Federal Government to construct a permanent site for the Federal Government College, Odi, in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of the state, and hand over the current complex to the former tenants, Government Secondary School.
Diri, who made the request when he was hosted by his former classmates of 1981 set at Government Secondary School in Odi, narrated their past experiences in school as classmates.
Returning to his alma mater, the governor expressed nostalgia. He bemoaned the absence of artefacts that would have served as reminders of their time at the school owing to the move to a new location.
Diri recalled the rejection of the University of Lagos’ renaming to Moshood Abiola University by its alumni, who, he said, took legal action to prevent the change, pushing his former classmates to take similar steps.
The Governor said: “I join Preye Agedah to request that the Government Secondary School, Odi, that was ceded to the Federal Government College be returned. I call on the Federal Government to build a new school and return it to the Government Secondary School.”
He also made it clear that he is open to negotiation with the federal government to make available suitable land to relocate the Federal Government College.
The new Federal Government College should be one with state-of-the-art equipment befitting a Federal Government College that will give the school a facelift, and the state will also record new achievements of state and federal government synergy.
It will be a win-win situation for the school, as the Government Secondary School, Odi will be returned to its facility.
The federal government is to give thoughts to this and swing into action as the government awaits it to come for negotiation.