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Group urges Diri to relocate college of education or kickstart proposed maritime academy in Okpoama

Brass—A group, the Campaign for Social Development Brass/Nembe Federal Constituency Group has called on the Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State to investigate the relocation of the College of Education, Okpoama to Sagbama by the administration of former Governor Seriake Dickson.

The group in a statement signed by its coordinator, Dr. Puko Tom-lsele and made available to mangrovepen.ng said the former governor in a dishonest manner cited the absence of road as the reason for relocating the school to his hometown with the promise of establishing a Maritime Academy in Okpoama which ten years after has not been fulfilled.

Tom-lsele in the statement said with the imminent commencement of the construction of Nembe-Brass road, it is only fair that the school is relocated back to its original site.

Dr. Puko Tom-lsele

According to him, the resiting of the COE back to Okpoama would create a sense of belonging and justice in the locales who have felt hard done over the years by the move by the former governor.

The group also lamented the absence of functional higher institutions in the Nembe/Brass Constituency, adding that the only one established by Timipre Sylva’s administration in Okpoama was relocated “out of greed.”

The statement, therefore, appealed to Diri to consider the relocation of the College of Education in Sagbama to Okpoama or ensure the functioning of the proposed Maritime Academy, Okpoama without further delay for equity, justice, and fairness.

Recall that the lawmaker representing Brass constituency II in the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Hon. Timi Omubo Agala moved a motion on July 9th, 2020 to kickstart the maritime academy in Okpoama.

However, almost two years after the motion nothing is seen to be done in that regard.

Meanwhile, The Bayelsa State Maritime Academy Okpoama was established by law in 2012 followed by an executive assent.

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