By Emmanuel Addeh
Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State on Saturday vowed that despite the dwindling oil revenue accruing to the state, he would continue to accord education the highest level of attention.
The governor who spoke when the acting Director of the National Commission for Colleges of Education, NCCE, Mr Vitalis Uji, paid him a visit, assured of his administration’s commitment to completing most of the ongoing projects In the state’s education facilities.
Specifically, he promised to fix the infrastructural deficit at the Isaac Jasper Boro College of Education before the next inspection visit in spite of shortfalls in revenues accruing to the state.
Dickson, who explained that the Isaac Jasper Boro College of Education was relocated to Sagbama in the best interest of the state, especially in the area of easy access, thanked the team for their objective assessment of the institution.
“We take education very seriously and we are also very ambitious in terms of putting our state forward in that sector. But, as you are aware, just like what is happening at the Federal and most other states, we have a lot of funding constraints.
“But that has not stopped and will not stop us from being ambitious. We are aware that, that college and all other tertiary institutions need more capital injection.
“The commitment I make today, on behalf of the government is that, we are going to look for all ways of providing adequate funding for that College, at least to complete most of the ambitious projects we have already embarked upon”, he said.
In his comments, Uji commended the Bayelsa State Government for putting in place quality facilities to enhance teaching and learning at the Isaac Jasper Boro College of Education, Sagbama in Sagbama Local Council Area of the state.
According to him, although the College has its share of teething problems, most of the facilities already on the ground; such as the Arts Theatre, were of high standard that would stand the test of time.
He said, “We want to commend you for the effort you have made. That is a new site, but what we have seen there is really commendable. The Art Theatre we have seen in that Campus, I must say, we have never seen in any other place. Not even in Colleges of Education owned by the Federal Government. So, we want to commend you for that.”