By Wilson Macaulay/ Victor Otuya
All is now set in Oghara Delta State as the western Delta University is billed to graduate on the 3rd – 7th combined convocation/ 10th year Anniversary celebration of the University.
The Vice Chancellor of Western Delta University, Oghara, Delta State, Professor Mrs. Cecilia Otete Okobiah, said that the Western Delta of her dream is to see an institution that will create an entrepreneurship center that will serve as a flagship of national economic growth and development.
The Vice Chancellor who was addressing a press conference as part of activities marking the combined 3rd – 7th convocation and 10th year anniversary of the institution explained that in this time of graduate unemployment, she is poised to build a Western Delta University that would be known for a centre of excellence that will produce graduates that will become the economic drivers of the nation.
She noted that global economic recession and unemployment has compelled the need for universities to look towards the direction of producing graduands that would be self employed and also employers of labour.
She disclosed that Western Delta has made provisions for vocational skill centres in the pursuit of this laudable objectives, commending the Managing Director / Chief Execution Officer of DESOPADEC, Olorogun Williams Makinde for keying into this vision.
While highlighting the activities of the week long events, she remarked that the university has made giant strides in the area of producing quality graduates who are competing favourably in the competitive labour market, won laurels in academic and sports competitions within the ten years of the university’s existence.
The Vice Chancellor also emphasized that determine to make the institution a centre of academic excellence, the school has placed priority on training and retraining of the manpower personnel through provisions of grants and direct finacial assistance to staff to enable them attend conferences within and outside the shores of Nigeria.
She said, ” we have also tried to give direction on the structure of the university by organizing seminar on how to write award wining grants. We encourage staff to involve students in action research activities in their lecture classes “.
She also disclosed that the school has made reasonable progress in area of accreditation of additional faculties by the NUC.
She listed criminology and security studies, international relations, law, accounting, business administration and political science as some of these new course approved for the school.