The Executive Governor of Delta State, Rt.Hon Sheriff Oborevwori has stated that his administration is successfully completing and commissioning projects because of taxpayers.
Governor Oborevwori stated this while commissioning an ultra modern Administrative building, 42 offices fully furnished for the Vice Chancellor, Deputy Vice Chancellors, Registrar, Bursar and others; University Guest House with 21 rooms and a squash court, 2.6Km internal roads built by the University with interlocking tilles In Delta State University of Science and Technology Ozoro ,in commemoration of his hundred days in office.
According to him, “The biggest credit goes to the good people of Delta State, the tax payers.These projects are evidences of tax payers’ money at work. Today, we have taken another major step in advancing Delta State by putting Delta State University of Science and Technology on a stronger and surer footing.
“As soon as this institution was upgraded to a university in 2021, the state government began the process of improving the facilities in the campus in line with its new status. The campus had reasonable structures on ground for the take-off of the new university but some additional structures were needed for its smooth running.
“I want to assure all Deltans and residents in the state that this administration will continue to invest more resources in ensuring that we provide the necessary school infrastructure for a conducive learning climate.
“The goal of this administration is to ensure that every child has access to a complete and functional education. Within the limits of available resources, we shall not relent to fill whatever gaps that exist in the physical appearance of our educational institutions.
“I will not fail to, once again, appreciate His Excellency, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, the immediate past Governor of the State for the vision and courage in establishing the three new universities. The truth is that our people are reaping the immense benefits through improved access to tertiary education and growth in the retail economy.
“As I said last week during the commissioning of projects at Dennis Osadebey University, this administration is committed to prudent management and judicious allocation of public funds. Part of that commitment is to ensure that projects started by the previous administration are not abandoned because that will amount to wasting scarce public funds.”
Governor Oborevwori while commissioning the Okpolo/Enhwe/Uwheru Road (Phase II)comprising 2.6km length of road and 4.5km length of drain, stated that he would only commission projects that are of the highest standard and quality because Deltans deserve the best
In his words, “Notwithstanding the current financial challenges, this administration has continued the construction and rehabilitation of roads and bridges in major metropolis and rural areas across the state with a view to further improving urban-rural integration and boosting trade and commerce.
“Some of these roads are completed and ready for commissioning while some are yet to be completed. I, therefore, enjoin all Deltans to remain peaceful and continue to support this administration in our effort to deliver on the promises of our MORE agenda.”
On his part, the Honourable Commissioner for Higher Education, Prof Nyerhovwo Tanukari, noted that, Delta State University of Science and Technology, Ozoro, commenced with forty-five (45) academic programmes in six Faculties, all duly approved by the National Universities Commission of Nigeria (NUC).
He noted that, the University vision includes “technological innovations, hands-on-skills training and ground breaking research directed towards socio-economic development. I also wish to inform you, your Excellency, that the academic community is very happy that under your visionary leadership, the Delta State Government has continued to invest immensely in tertiary education, while also underscoring your dedication to shaping the minds of future generations.
“Your Excellency Sir, the high quality of the projects (Administrative building, Vice-Chancellor Lodge, University Guest house with 21rooms and squash court, 2km roads using interlocking tiles, staff school) you will be commissioning today is a demonstration of the meaningful development enshrined in the MORE Agenda and evidence of your resolute commitment to driving positive change in Delta State.”
Earlier on the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Jacob Snapp Oboreh said that the University has identified Governor Oborevwori’s MORE Agenda as a holistic roadmap for the advancement of Delta State.
He said “The zeal, energy and commitment deployed by our staff and students to the task of finding solutions to humanity’s problems will soon yield the desired results. It is on this score that we respectfully put some requests before His Excellency. This set of requests will not only help in realizing our mission and vision, but also in accelerating our taking our rightful place in the global reckoning of universities. Procurement of engineering equipment as none has been purchased since the founding of the University.
“Procuring such equipment will galvanise our University into a production hub in practice. Funding for eminent accreditation by the National Universities Commission to the tune of four hundred million naira only. Funds to the tune of four hundred million naira to mitigate the impact of the 2022 flood which destroyed buildings, damaged equipment and washed away the faculty of Agriculture farms. Provisions of electricity to power the University to leapfrog our technological drive.”
Other needs of the University enumerated by Prof Oboreh are; “The need to mobilize the contractor to commence the construction of the faculty of Management Sciences. Request for the construction of a 3km Road to facilitate easy mobility of staff, students and equipment on campus. If the money is released to the University, the University has the capacity to construct the roads with 100,000,000 only per kilometer. Request for four officials vehicles, for the Principal officers, (The Liberian. Request for 60,000,000, only to replace Tartan Tracks at the University Stadium. Request for 15,000,000 only for external works for some of the University Buildings.”