Who pulled out roof of Delta college?

Who pulled out roof of Delta college? 2

By Paul Olayemi

•I by no means eliminated rooftop – Hon Diden, DESOPADEC chairman


•Affected pupils research underneath tree, cry out to Gov Okowa

•Sapele LG boss intervenes; Sapele-Okpe neighborhood mute

PUPILS  of St. Malachy Government Primary School, Sapele, Delta State, resumed after the final vacation,  solely to find that some faceless individuals invaded their college, dismounted the rooftop and made away with some furnishings, leaving their books to the mercy of rain. 


While folks pointed finger at a robust politician and Chairman, Delta State Oil Minerals-Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, Hon. Michael Diden, aka Ejele, the politician denied the allegation when contacted by NDV.   

Since September 13, affected pupils sit dejectedly exterior the lecture rooms, hoping that superior powers would intercede and restore order within the college. 

Some of the helpless pupils who spoke to NDV, cried out to the state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, to return to their rescue.

Thirteen-year-old Ese Imene mentioned after they resumed, September 13, they discovered that the roof of their college was gone and among the college’s furnishings carted away too.

“Our books were destroyed because they were left in the rain,” the teary-eyed pupil added.

A trainer, who pleaded anonymity, disclosed: “Somebody reached out to us on the phone on the 5th of September that some men were removing the roof of the school and when we came and confronted them, they told us the Chairman of Delta State Oil Minerals-Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, sent them.”

Residents fume

Many inhabitants of Sapele are, nevertheless, flabbergasted over why the roof of a public college needs to be eliminated by anyone, irrespective of how highly effective, underneath the facade of land possession. They really feel the state authorities mustn’t look the opposite method on the matter.

I didn’t take away roof, purchased land from Ogodo household —Diden

Contacted, DESOPADEC chair, Hon. Michael Diden, aka Ejele, who debunked the allegation, mentioned: “How can I do that? I bought that land from the Ogodo family and I can authoritatively tell you that I did not remove the roof.”


Narrating how he purchased the land from Ogodo household, he mentioned: “When they approached me that they wanted to sell the land, I went to find out, I approached the Catholic Church, which openly told me that that place was leased to them and that the lease has expired.

They said though they are willing to buy, they do not have that kind of money to buy the whole place, so they pleaded with me to divide the land so that I will buy the other side, while they buy one part.”

The DESOPADEC chairman disclosed that different family members got here again demanding extra money from him over the identical piece of land.

“They even stormed the school after I paid the cash for the land, destroying the fence, removing the goal post and other things. Ask them what I did, I approached that faction of the family and I paid them some cash again, including me mending the fence and other things that got damaged in the school compound. Why did they not see that?”

Diden maintained that different individuals purchased land within the space and the marketing campaign towards him was a deliberate try to tarnish his picture.

It’s our land, not govt – Ogodo household

A distinguished member of the Ogodo household, Chief Cyril Agodo, mentioned those that stored elevating voice on the land the college was constructed on have been solely whipping up sentiment into a chunk of land that belong to anyone else, asking: “When did the land become a government property?


“The Catholic Church acquired the land through lease from our fathers for a period of 99 years which expired some years ago. At the expiration of the lease, Ogodo children approached the court to revert ownership of the vast land housing the school and after series of negotiations between the family and the school authority, a consensus was reached between both parties and the land was reverted to them.”

He, nevertheless, directed to Rev. Father Martins Okoro and Father Raphael Ogigbah at St Malachy Catholic Church to “ask them to provide you, NDV, a copy of the judgment on the land.”

Sapele LGA chair wades in  Chairman of Sapele Local Government Area, Hon. Eugene Inoaghan, Local Education Authority LEA, Secretary and Chief Inspector of Education, CIE, Sapele, haven’t made public feedback on the event.


Available data on the Sapele Local Education Authority present that the college was based in 2010 after public outcry and calls for from dad and mom dwelling in that neighborhood. The LEA responded by establishing the college to serve the kids resident within the space due to the lengthy distance to different authorities main faculties.

A supply near Inoaghan, nevertheless, mentioned the council boss has waded into the problem. “He is pleading with the people involved so that the children can at least have a place to learn. He spoke to Ejele and he has equally gone to see the Ogodo family on this issue, I am sure solution will come soon and it will all be fine,” the supply added.

Sapele-Okpe neighborhood taciturn

Chairman, Sapele-Okpe Community, Dr. Patrick Akamuvba, declined to talk on the problem when contacted by NDV at a ceremony in Sapele. He merely retorted that he was completely happy in regards to the growth.

Pupils now study underneath tree

NDV discovered that the pupils, aged between six and 14 years, who’ve resolved to not go away the premises, now research underneath timber and run for canopy at any time when it rains.   

Parents attraction to govt

Parents who protested within the college just lately, mentioned they have been directed to take their wards to different main faculties.

“We are appealing that the government should help us. The nearest public school here is along Okpe Road, which is miles away, it costs about N150 to get there and another N150  to return home. We do not have such kind of money,” one of many dad and mom, Salivo Love, mentioned.

“Let them provide a public school for us here, we have so many private schools around Ugbeyiyi and this one is the only public school; if this school is closed, we do not know what to do. Government should address our plight”, she pleaded.

Ejele might again down

A privileged supply informed NDV that Hon. Diden was open to discussions to seek out lasting answer to the plight of the pupils and lecturers, including: “Chairman (Hon Diden) is moved by the current situation, you know he runs a free school, he actually bought that land to accommodate his school, but I am sure he is willing to sacrifice since children are involved.”

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