The principal, Government College, Ughelli, Delta State, Godspower Odenema, has lamented the activities of herdsmen who he said constantly invade the school premises in an attempt to look for grass for their herds thereby destroying the school’s facilities.
Odenema made the disclosure during the commissioning and handover of a rubberized track and field facilities and training materials and equipment donated by the Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC to the school.
The principal who applauded SPDC for the project, also pleaded with the Delta State government for a perimeter fence around the school’s athletic field as well as the deployment of five security staff to always be on guard to wade off the herdsmen who he said sneak in to cause mischief.
“If you look around, you would see many portions of the fence broken by herdsmen who always like to bring their herds for grazing.
For the security of my staff and student, we have timely amended all the broken portions. The presence of security men here will surely put paid to these very ugly incidences.”
Meanwhile, SPDC General Manager, External Relations, Igo Weli, said the company has spent a total of $1.5 million on five schools in Delta State for the Youths Sport and Athletics Development (YSADP).
Weli who was represented by the company’s Social Investment Manager, Emmanuel Ekpeyon, noted that the project in collaboration with Africare, “is one of Shell’s key projects to mark Nigeria’s 100 years anniversary.”
He said: “This project was conceived on the principle that students can develop their athletic talents and still place equal, if not higher premium on their academic development.
“We have all seen the results of applying the hard method and it has not been mutually beneficial. We must speak up against the theft of crude oil, vandalism and the attendant damage of our environment.”