When the annals of Urhobo history is written, the first page will be dedicated solely to two Urhobo sons, Mowoe and Ovie Omo-Agege.
I was not born in the era of Mowoe Mukoro. I read his contribution to Urhobo nation and his founding of the oldest union in Southern Nigeria called the Urhobo Progressive Union. I have never seen his pictures in coloured but black and white.
But in my era did Omo-Agege emerge like a Phoenix. It was in my presence that Omo-Agege who we were struggling together in early 2014 to govern Delta State with our slogan of ‘Obarisi – You dey look am, e dey go’ became a force not in Delta politics but national politics and a major player in the Presidential Villa.
In my time did I witness an Urhobo man now bringing a Federal Polytechnic to his nation which has scaled first and second reading. I have read many opinions on the Polytechnic coming to Orogun when Senator Peter Nwaoboshi already proposed Federal Polytechnic, Kwale.
If there is one thing we must give to Nwaoboshi, it is his desire to bring Federal development to his people, even though the road jobs he did with NDDC in his constituency never lasted. But his desire to bring a Polytechnic to Delta North is laudable.
Higher institutions can never be too much for a state. If Delta State have three Federal Polytechnics, it is to the benefit of everyone. The more, the merrier.
When James Ibori was building three Polytechnics in the three senatorial district, his critics wondered why he should be wasting state money building three instead of one.
Ibori knew what he saw ahead and today, we are all witnesses to the blossoming situation in DESPO in Oghara, Ozoro and Ogwashi Ukwu.
Today over 10,000 persons are graduates of the schools and they are well funded even with their IGR. Today, the Ozoro Polytechnic stadium rivals Asaba Stadium and it was built 100% by the school. Today, we are all proud to be associated with the vision Ibori brought to reality.
The Federal Polytechnic that will come to Orogun can never dim the light of the one coming to Kwale. As a matter of fact, I can state with confidence that with Omo-Agege as the DSP, Kwale will also have it’s own Federal institution.
As we go for public hearing on the Federal Polytechnic, Orogun, let us bear in mind that the school will be of no personal benefit to Omo-Agege or his immediate family.
Is it Mummy Regina Omo-Agege that will attend it or her grown up kids? Is it Jimmy Omo-Agege, the one DSP fondly calls the Chief Commanding Officer of the family that will attend or his kids that he can afford to send to Havard? Is it Choice Omo-Agege who is a senior police officer or Progress Omo-Agege that will attend it. None of them have anything to benefit from the school, in terms of education or employment.
The only beneficiaries of the Polytechnic will be Deltans who will no longer have to look for Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Yabatech, Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Federal Polytechnic, Bida etc, all in a bid to attend Federal institutions.
It is Deltans from Anioma, Ijaw, Itsekiri, Isoko and Urhobos that will be employed to work there. It is Deltans who will benefit by building hostels for students to stay and generate income for themselves, own the businesses that will be inside the school, provide the security units that will guard that students and facilities.
The direct and indirect effect of the finances attach to the school will only be of benefit to Deltans. It is you and I as Deltans that will be engaged as external media consultants earning over N60 million annually for our companies.
As we go for the public hearing, we owe it as a duty to go in one voice that we are going to bring back a Federal institution to our soil.
We have no reason to complain if President Buhari decides to site one in his village tomorrow when we also have a chance like him to get two for the state, in Orogun and Kwale.
It is the FG that will fund the school, not our personal resources. It is the FG that will pay the labourers from Deltans who will build the school. The only contribution from us as a state is the land and going with one voice to the public hearing to thank Omo-Agege for this noble thing he has done for Delta.
We are on the verge of benefiting from the APC led FG and this chance must be seen as a collective duty for all. Omo-Agege is only a vessel to getting this done but you and I are the reason he’s doing it.
Let’s do this fellow countrymen
Fejiro Oliver is an investigative journalist.