The Secretary to the Delta State Government, Chief Patrick Ukah, has called on old boys’ associations in the state to engage in the mentoring of the students to regain lost values.
The SSG, who spoke during the commissioning of a water scheme executed by St. Anthony’s College, Ubulu Uku Old Boys Association (SACOBA) in the school, bemoaned the dwindling value system in schools and called on them to visit the school from time to time to mentor the students.
Chief Ukah noted that it is not only by flogging or other forms of punishment that discipline could be instilled in students, but also through proper guidance, counselling and mentoring.
He commended members of SACOBA for providing what they did not enjoy as students when they were in the school for the present and future generations of students of the school.
The SSG disclosed that the state government would continue to provide the needed infrastructure in schools but called on communities where schools are sited to own the schools and stem the rising tide of vandalism of school property provided by the state government.
Earlier, the Chairman of the commissioning/handover committee and former Head of Service (HoS) in the state, Sir Okey Ofili, revealed that the project had a fully drilled borehole to a dept of 640ft equipped with a pumping machine of 7.5HP, a 42ft stanchion carrying water tanks with cumulative capacity of 5,000 gallons.
This is in addition to reticulation of water supply from the main service point to the nooks and crannies of the college premises with 12 water fetching points dotted all over for the benefit of staff and students.
Sir Ofili stated that the water scheme went through a test-run period of over three years in order to make assurance doubly sure that they had provided a professionally executed project which would serve the college for years to come because drilling a borehole in Ubulu Uku could be tricky owing to its terrain.
The highlight of the ceremony was the commissioning and handover of the project to the school principal by the SSG.