NUC Approves Upgrade Of 3 Institution For Delta State

NUC Approves Upgrade Of 3 Institution For Delta State
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By Chika Mefor-Nwachukwu

The National Universities Commission (NUC), has approved the upgrade of three institutions in Delta to universities, making the universities in Nigeria to 197.

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The approved universities are the Delta State University, Agbor; Denis Osadebe University, Asaba and the Delta State University of Science and Technology, Ozoro.

The College of Education, Agbor was upgraded to Delta State University, Agbor, Delta State University, Anwai Campus was upgraded to Dennis Osadebe University and Delta State Polytechnic Ozoro, to Delta State University of Science and Technology, Ozoro.

The approval was given by the Executive Secretary of NUC, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, when the Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, led top state government officials to present strategic documents of the universities at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja..

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Rasheed during the presentation of Letter of Recognition to the Governor, stated that with the upgrade of the institutions, Nigeria has 98 public universities and 99 private universities.

He revealed that of the 2.1 million university students in the country, only five per cent are accounted for in the 99 private universities which speak of the need for more public universities.

The NUC Boss stated that the country need more education-friendly governors to come up with initiatives and concrete plans to aid the development of universities being established.

He therefore charged the governor to provide sustainable financial resources for the survival of the universities so as to serve the purpose they are created for.

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Responding, Okowa said the sharp increase in demand for degree programmes necessitated the upgrade of the institutions.

He said that the Delta State University, Abraka, had over stretched its capacity, noting that there was need for the universities to broaden the knowledge of learners.

“The College of Education has over 50 per cent of the population enrolled in the degree programmes hence utilising most of its resources to run degree programmes to the detriment of the National Certificate of Education,” he said.

He also stated that the Delta State Polytechnics, Ozoro, resources were being under-utilised which brought about the need for upgrade.

“For the 2019/2020 academic session, 25,896 candidates choose the Delta State University, Abraka, and out of this number, 22,358 qualified but only 4,854 just about 20 per cent were admitted.

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“Regrettably, those who are unable to secure admission due to limited spaces in existing institutions are forced to seek opportunities in various expensive, not accredited degree programmes, ‘’ he said.

With the three upgraded universities, Delta State will have four state universities, making it the state with the largest number of public universities in the country.

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