A study Centre of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has at long last been commissioned in Sapele with a plea to members of the community and its environs to take advantage of the institution’s easy access and cost effectiveness to those seeking higher education knowledge at their convenience.
While remarking that the Sapele Study, like others admits indigenes and non-indigenes without discrimination, he stressed that it is for the benefit of the entire people of the area.
Muoboghanre enjoined parents of the need for sound education, as according to him, “Whatever service you render to your children by education is done to the good of society and government at large.
Addressing Journalists, Chairman, Sapele-Okpe Community, Mr. Patrick Akamovba observed that the NOUN is a landmark achievement in the educational development of Sapele and entire Okpe kingdom.
Akamovba who assured of the maintenance of the federal institution, hinted of a blueprint towards the development of the area, as according to him a memorandum of understanding, (MOU) between Sapele-Okpe Community is in the pipeline that will benefit electricity consumers and hasten the economic growth of the place.
According to Akamovba, “We are indeed happy today, having waited for over a decade for the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) to take off, like other study centers across the state and country” he said.
In a vote of thanks, the former Information Minister and Okpe chieftain, Professor, Sam Oyovwaire expressed gratitude to the executive of Sapele-Okpe Community for effective execution of the NOUN project as well as government officials after many years of its abandonment.
While specially thanking former Education Commissioner, Prof. Hope Eghagha, Prof. Mouboghanre and the community development partner, Seplat, on the actualization of the dream, he noted that nothing would’ve been more cheering to the community, after what he described as decades of abandonment of Sapele, hitherto a citadel of learning in this part of the country.
Those that graced the commissioning were, representatives of the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom, past and present executive of Sapele-Okpe community, management of Seplat Petroleum Company, top local government functionaries.