- Delta state under the Okowa administration is making history in the education sector
- The state now has the highest number of universities in the country
- Governor Okowa is eager to see the universities take off as soon as possible
Delta governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, on Tuesday, April 6 said major facilities needed for the full take-off of the three newly-established universities in the state would be provided within the limit of available resources.
Okowa disclosed this while inspecting ongoing projects at the new Dennis Osadebe University, Asaba, the state capital.
The governor promised that he would do everything humanly possible in the remaining two years of his administration for the universities to operate all approved courses by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
According to him, things were working out as planned for the school to take off in September 2021, even as he solicited the support of all stakeholders.
He charged contractors handling the projects to redouble efforts, reminding them that his administration was in a hurry to leave lasting legacies in the state, including the education sector.
A statement sent to Legit.ng by the Delta state government quoted Okowa as saying:
“I believe that we are on course because we don't need to have all the facilities fully, but at least when they come in, they need to see progress and then they will come back to the site to see what we are doing.
“In the faculty of environmental science, where we are now, with the main building, the classroom blocks and offices, with auditoriums on two sides and what we also saw in the Faculty of Agriculture, you can find that we are progressing.
"In the first year, we won't be admitting into all the courses but some courses have been approved for admission and I believe that the two buildings in the Faculty of Environmental Science will definitely be completed by the end of September 2021.”
Okowa assured that equal attention would be given to the three new universities to enable them to compete favourably with other tertiary institutions in the country and beyond.
Governor Okowa had earlier revealed that Delta is now the state with the highest number of universities throughout Nigeria.
The Delta governor made the statement after the NUC recently approved four new tertiary institutions in the state.
Legit.ng had on Thursday, February 25 reported that Governor Okowa signed three bills for the establishment of new universities in the state.
The bills, which were presented to Okowa for assent by the Speaker of the Assembly, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori, were for the University of Delta, Agbor; Dennis Osadebay University, Anwai and the University of Science and Technology, Ozoro.