Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers, on Tuesday, said that education is the foundation for increased socioeconomic advancement in the society.
Wike said this during the inauguration of the Ishmeal Ikpeazu Memorial Library and Center for Scientific Leadership in Umuobiakwa in Obingwa Local Government Area (LGA) of Abia state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the resource center was built by Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu in honour of his father, late Mr Ishmeal Ikpeazu, who was a teacher during his lifetime.
Wike described the resource center as a place that would serve as a hub that will showcase the role of education as the base which the entire building of human development stands.
Wike said that the resource center would be a symbol of a fruitful effort made to preserve legacies that would contribute to positively impacting the future generation.
In a remark, Gov. Ikpeazu said that the resource center was built to reflect the ideals and encapsulate the legacies of his late father.
“The Dr Okezie Victor Ikpeazu (DOVI) Leadership institute is housed in this library and we are going to enroll 50 candidates for DOVI fellowship.
“It would be made up of persons capable of changing the leadership paradigm and persons that think differently.
“This building will house a science laboratory that will be focused on validating folk medicine and a mini museum that will house relics of the Ikpeazu dynasty.
“There is an e-library that will contain 30 million volumes of books to grant users access to a plethora of books and a guest house to provide accommodation for researchers,” he said.
Ikpeazu said that the center was very symbolic because of the impact it would have on its users as they would have access to state of the art facilities.
Also, The Former governor of Ekiti, Mr Ayodele Fayose, commended Ikpeazu for building a center to preserve the legacy of his late father.
Fayose further commended the governorn of Abia for adopting a leadership style that encouraged inclusion and active participation of the citizens.
Many residents of Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital were displaced as flood wrecked havoc in the city following a heavy downpour that lasted for over six hours on Sunday night.
The victims also lost valuable items in areas like Oshodi, Ilupeju Avenue, Ureje, Ita Eku, and Temidire Eminrin, a suburb of Ado Ekiti, located along Federal Polytechnic Road. The heavy downpour began at at about 10pm on Sunday and subsided at about 3: 22am on Monday.
Temidire Emirin community was worst affected as flood waters from Ureje River swelled and overflew the bank, thereby prevented students, civil servants and artisans from going to schools and places of work.
The overflown bridge only subsided around 12: 30pm to give way for residents to have access to the Ado-ABUAD-Ijan -Ekiti highway that leads to Ado-Ekiti metropolis.
A resident of Temidire Emirin community and victim of the flood, Mr Jude Ajulo, said they were inside sleeping when the water suddenly surged into their residence around 2:00am, and submerged their property.
Ajulo revealed that the occupants of the three-bedroom bungalow had to run out when the water level was rising and threatening their lives.
He said: “This has been the occurrence every year.
It happened in the same way few years ago before the administration of Mr Ayodele Fayose dredged Ureje River.
“The only way the government can help us is to re-dredge the river to be able to contain the running water coming down from Odo-Ado, Oshodi, Ilupeju Avenue to our community.
“It is sad that our property and lives were being threatened every time we experience heavy downpour and this shouldn’t be allowed to continue.
” Another resident of Oshodi community, along Afao road, Mr Taiwo Osaleye, appealed to government to dredge the Elemi river that crosses the section to resolve the flood crisis .
“We have noticed that we always experience flooding anytime the Elemi River overflew its bank due to rising water level.
”The only thing that can bring permanent solution is for the government to help us expand the river bank, so that the safety of our lives and property can be guaranteed,” he said.
The General Manager, Ekiti State Emergency Management Agency, (SEMA), Mr Olajide Borode, said the agency had started visiting the areas affected with intention to get first hand information on the extent of damage caused by flooding.
The SEMA boss said: “You all know that the government of Ekiti State is serious about disaster management policy.
”Safety of lives and property is a priority of the current government and we won’t joke with it.
“Our officials are presently visiting the areas affected, so that we can get the correct information that can guide government’s action in resolving the incident.