Parents and guardians whose children/ward are in public model and boarding schools in Delta State have called on Governor Okowa to remove boarding fees of public schools across the state because of the economic hardship on many Nigerians as a result of the covid-19 pandemic and those in the Niger-Delta region as a result of the ravaging flood that destroyed farms and properties of residents.
Speaking to newsmen during an interactive session with some of the parents/guardians in Ughelli and environs, Mr. Morrison Edafe, a teacher and also a parent said: “We the parents of the children in model and boarding schools in the state are begging Governor Okowa to remove school fees of boarding schools to enable us afford it.
As you already know, this year is a very significant year with so many challenges confronting humanity especially we the average and common people in the country”.
“To start with, the problem of covid-19 pandemic which is still terrorizing us till today, many people lost their jobs and many families are thrown into pain at the moment.
Now, our economy is down and it has adversely affected our GDP already. At the moment, we are contending with the effects of the ravaging flood.
“Many people lost their farms and properties worth millions of naira. I’m a practical and living example of the flood victims.
I lost many of my cassava farms to the destructive flood. In my community, so many people are begging to eat and those people equally have children in these schools.
Governor Okowa must know that all fingers are not equal economically or otherwise”
All effort to speak to the Chief Inspector of Education (CIE) of Ughelli North LGA over the issue of removing boarding fees from schools in delta state proved abortive.