The recent communication dated Tuesday, January 26, 2021, by the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa led Delta State government, sent to the Delta State House of Assembly, seeking upgrade/establishment of three state universities in the state can only be described as timely.
If bill passed by the house, the planned upgrade going by the content of the bill includes; the College of Education, Agbor to Delta State University of Education, Agbor; Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro to Delta State University of Science and Technology, Ozoro and Delta State University, Anwai Campus to Delta State University of Science and Agriculture, Anwai-Asaba.
The Ika Weekly Newspaper in its objective assessment of this development has every reason to describe it as a right step taken in the right direction.
Aside from the fact that universities across the world are regarded as the intellectual power base of any nation without which there will be no development, Okowa’s action in this direction has again portrayed him as a listening Governor.
This fact comes to mind as the newspaper could still recall vividly that there has been a ceaseless call particularly among the people of Ika Nation for the upgrade of the Agbor College of Education to a specialized university of education to among other things carter for the educational/manpower needs of teachers in the State.
Although the newspaper was not commissioned to hold brief or speak on behalf of the people of Ika nation, but from the jubilation that trailed that announcement which our reporters/correspondents recorded, it is obvious that the people are particularly happy with the decision made by their Governor/son.
However, as the celebration continues, the Editorial Board of Ika Weekly Newspaper would as well like to bring to the government’s notice some of the fears expressed by deltans. A development the Newspaper feels will assist Mr. Governor Tackle the job of governance and design effective policies and reforms to take care of his future actions in this direction.
The first has to do with the issue of adequate funding of these new institutions while the second worry has to do with job creation for those graduates that are still roaming the streets of the State.
Mr. Governor needs to commit these concerns to mind not for political consideration but for the sustained development of our dear State.