Delta Govt Debunks Relocation Rumours Of Campus, Calls For Peace In Isoko Community 

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By; UTEBOR PETER, Asaba 

The Delta State Government has issued a resolute call for peace amidst swirling rumours and discord, In a bid to quell rising tensions in Ozoro, Isoko North Local Government Area of the State 

Recall that hundreds of women and youth in a protest few days ago, blocked the Ozoro/Kwale/Asaba Expressway in Isoko.

Our correspondent  earlier reported that the women and youth are protesting the relocation of the Faculty of Business Administration, Delta State University of Science and Technology, Ozoro to Orerokpe community, the local government of the current Delta State Governor, Sheriff Oborevworii.

The protesters had earlier said, “the relocation of the faculty from the institution will greatly affect the economic life of Ozoro town”

The Isoko Protesters bore different placards with inscriptions, demanded that the faculty be returned to the institution.

The youths were seen at the Owhelogbo junction, just as the women were dancing round the community.

Travellers going to Asaba and Onitsha in Anambra State have been forced to take alternative routes.

The protesters called on Governor Oborevwori, to as a matter of urgency, relocate the faculty back to the university’s main campus.

Reacting to the protest, the Delta State Governor, Oborevworii Refuted the Relocation but said it’s a rumor and called for peace in Isoko community. 

Dr. Ifeanyi Osuoza, the State Commissioner for Information, delivered a stern message urging communities to steer clear of divisive narratives and embrace harmony.

According to Osuoza, “the alleged relocation of the Delta State University of Science and Technology, Ozoro, such claims were unequivocally false. 

“This narrative is not only dangerously misleading, it is also deviously manipulated misinformation and negative propaganda, fueled by known political detractors to achieve selfish political gains,” he started.

Osuoza expressed disappointment over recent protests purportedly instigated by certain factions within Isoko land, despite constructive engagements between the government and community leaders. 

“The sponsored protest is uncalled for after the successful meeting with His Excellency, the Governor of the state,” he lamented.

Osuoza further clarified that the institution in question was not undergoing relocation, but instead, celebrated a significant academic milestone. 

“For the avoidance of doubts and to set the records straight, the Delta State University of Science and Technology is NOT being relocated and has not been relocated” he affirmed.

Meanwhile, He highlighted the approval by the National Universities Commission (NUC) for the establishment of crucial faculties at the university, emphasizing the government’s commitment to bolstering educational standards. 

“This is indeed a tremendous academic achievement and masterstroke of immense proportion,” Osuoza emphasized.

In a direct appeal to the people of Isoko nation, the commissioner for information, Osuoza reassured them of the government’s dedication to their welfare, particularly in education. 

He said, “We want to assure the good people of Isoko nation that His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Sheriff F.O Oborevwori would not do anything directly or remotely and for very obvious and personal reasons, to undermine the Isoko people, especially in the area of education,” he affirmed.

 Osuoza urged citizens to remain vigilant against divisive elements seeking to sow discord. “Deltans are therefore called upon to be wary of elements who don’t mean well but hell-bent on spinning half-truths and deceptive information just to cause confusion and disaffection against the administration of Governor Sheriff Oborevwori and his well-laid-out MORE Agenda,” he cautioned.

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