Omo-Agege applauds move to set up Federal varsity in Ndokwa

The Deputy President of the Senate , Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has commended the move being made in the Senate for establishment of a Federal University in Ndokwa area of Delta State .

Omo-Agege who made the commendation while having in audience , a delegation of Okpai Clan Development Committee (OCDC) in his office on Wednesday, said the plan must not be allowed to fail in addressing sense of marginalisation of the people .

According to him, it is unbelievable that communities in Okpai and other parts of Ndokwa Nation that continue to contribute significantly to the nation’s economy have been marginalised to the point that they hardly have any visible federal and state presence.

The delegation, which came to tender unreserved apologies to Senator Omo-Agege over the unruly behaviour of some of its youths during an earlier visit to Okpai, was led by OCDC Chairman, Comrade Amaechi Azugwuni.

He applauded the Delta Central lawmaker for the support given to sponsor of the bill seeking for establishment of the institution, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi ( PDP Delta North).

It would be recalled that the bill for the establishment of the Federal University of Agriculture and Technology, Aboh (FUATA) passed Second Reading on the floor of the Senate last week.

Reacting to some demands made by Azugwuni, especially on the marginalisation of the community in the areas of employment, federal appointments and inclusion of the Okpai community in the budget of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Omo-Agege said that he is determined to work with all stakeholders towards actualising a power project that had remained on the drawing board for many years under various administrations until President Muhammadu Buhari administration decided to sign the contract in 2015.

“I have listened to the presentation from the Palace. It takes a big mind to apologise, especially when you are doing so on behalf of others.

“I hold nothing against the kingdom and its people; politics is about service. We are your servants and messengers.

“My proposed visit to Okpai the other day was very important because information had gotten to me about the marginalisation of Okpai and indeed, the Ndokwa Nation given the contributions you have made to the economy of this country with nothing to show for it in return.

“My attention was also drawn to the power project that had been on the drawing board for many years until President Muhammadu Buhari administration decided to sign the contract in 2015.

“We felt the power generated from the community is being evacuated into the national grid without being stepped down for the benefit of Delta North as originally conceived.