Uduaghan Assures Of More Tertiary Institutions For Delta

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ASABA, April 13, (THEWILL) - As part of efforts to improve the manpower needs the Delta State Government is to establish more higher institutions in the riverine and rural areas of the state.

Governor Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan dropped the hint during the maiden matriculation ceremony of the Delta State School of Marine Technology, Burutu on Tuesday.

According to him, “More tertiary institutions are required in our state especially in difficult terrains like this area. Our young ones have to be trained, that is why we need more tertiary institutions in the state.”

Governor Uduaghan who assured that the institution will be developed to a centre of excellence also promised to accelerate other developmental projects in the rural and riverine communities in the state.

As a stop gap measure, he announced the approval of 90 pioneer academic staff and 200 non-academic staff, stressing that the school will go a long way in transforming socio-economic activities in Burutu and it’s environs.

While stressing the need for the matriculants to be focused in their studies, the Governor paid tributes to his predecessor, Chief James lbori for initiating the establishment of the School of Marine Technology in 2006.

Recalling the conception of the school which was established by law in 2006 with muti- campuses in Kwale and Gbaregolo, the Governor said, "This school have come a long way and l thank God it is a reality now. The first time the Memo of this school was raised at council, then l was the SSG it met alot of opposition. lt was later approved in 2006."

Harping on the essence of discipline, Dr Uduaghan said “ l urge you to be well behaved. I want to hear that the discipline of students in this institution is comparable to that of students in other higher institutions in the country.”

Declaring the ceremony open the Provost of the institution Dr. Johnson Dittimi said the matriculation marks the climax of the matriculation exercise and the end of the admission process for the 2010/2011 academic session.

He advised the 450 matriculating students to shun cultism and refrain from other negative social vices warning that “ your involvement in any of them will send you packing from the school.”

On it's part, the Chairman of Burutu Local Government Area, Hon. Ekeyomi Zuokumor commended the governor for brining development to the area but however solicited for the step down of National grid to facilitate powe supply.

Hon. Zuokumor who also sought for state government assistance in taring of access road in Burutu town assured the governor that indigens of the area will come out en-mass on the 26th of this month to vote for him.

He said, "To whom much is given much is expected, you have done much for us in Burutu and we owe you a load of gratitude to ensure your continous stay in office."

In a chat with newsmen, the Chairman of Delta State Youth Council, Comrade Hope George commended the State government for establishing the institution which he said, will go a long way in removing restive youths from our street.

Similarly foremost ljaw leader, Chief Wellington Okirika also commended the governor for the take off of the institution but canvassed its upgrading to a degree awarding institution.