The Delta State Government has pledged to partner with schools and other knowledge acquisition centres in ensuring the development of science and technology as well as the discovery and development of young engineers in their technological innovation The state Deputy Governor Barr. Kingsley Otuaro, made the pledge yesterday in Asaba when the Victorious 2015South Africa Shell Eco-Marathon Team of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun (FUPRE), presented their awards to him on behalf of the state government.

According to him; "As a government we appreciate the fact that FUPRE is Federal Institution cited in Effurun Delta State. We are very grateful for this great feat and honour done us as a state as well as a nation for winning the best gasoline prototype vehicle with the highest fuel efficiency of 55.9 kilometres per litre as well as the best innovative vehicle design. This undoubtedly is a great feat and it is very commendable".

He noted that the desire of government to create wealth and jobs as well as catch young investors, gave birth to a bill sent to the Delta State House of Assembly which has been passed into law, a law establishing science Technical and Vocational Board, that is empowered to ensuring the revival of technical education.

He noted that the board has effectively renovated and reconstructed three out of the six technical schools in the state, adding that government has promised Deltans on the delivery of prosperity to all as encapsulated in its SMART agenda, saying that one of the pivots of the agenda is to ensure that this administration create wealth and provide jobs for the people. "And evidence has shown that we cannot create wealth and provide jobs for our people if we continually rely on our mono economy driven by oil. Therefore what we have done as a government is to ensuring that we reorganise and rejig our educational programme"

We embark on basic reforms in our educational sector, because we believe that our mono economy cannot create wealth and provide jobs for our teeming unemployed youths in the state as well as in the country, so reforming the educational sector is the sure way to go. What has happened today as we celebrate the FUPRE Eco-marathon team, fits squarely into our SMART agenda and we want to thank and appreciate you all," he said. Otuaro, pledged that government will continue to ensure that the great feat and honour done to the state and the country is sustained. He further assured that government will keep working to together as partners in progress to ensuring the development of science and technology which is a major part of the state government agenda.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun (FUPRE), Prof. Akii Ibhadode, had noted that the FUPRE Shell Eco-marathon team of the 2015 South Africa Shell Eco-marathon won two awards out of six on the offer at the competition which includes: The Best Fuel Efficient Car in the Gasoline Prototype Category with 55.9km/ litre, the best ever in Africa and the Most Innovative Design Award for the design of a device for demobilizing the vehicle with a cell phone from any location.

Prof. Ibhadode said the Shell Eco-marathon competition with is held annually at various times in America, Europe and Asia came into existence in the 1980s with a challenge to students to design, build and race their cars, adding that the winner is the car that goes the furthest distance in one liter of fuel or its equivalent. The Vice-Chancellor who use the occasion to thank the state government for its intervention in quelling and settling the dispute between the Ugbomro community and the University, assured of the beginning of exploits of FUPRE in the national and international arena.