Nyerhovwo Tonukari, Delta State Commissioner for Higher Education, has disclosed that Sheriff Oborevwori, state governor, has approved funds for the accreditation of courses offered by the state-owned higher institutions, by the National University Commission (NUC).
He said that entrepreneurship training has been added to the training offered by the institutions to ensure the students have valuable practical skills and knowledge that can contribute to their future success.
Tonukari, a professor, who disclosed this to newsmen in Asaba, expressed the governor’s commitment to international standards in the institutions.
“Government has approved funds for the three new universities we have in the state and also for all polytechnics.
“We expect good results from the accreditation of these institutions in 2024. As we are doing well for these institutions, we also expect them to do well for themselves,” he said.
“One of the things the government is going to expect from these institutions in 2024 is for them to be a little bit more self-sustaining,” he added.
He remarked that the approval of funds for the three new universities and all polytechnics in the state was a significant step by the Oborevwori) administration towards enhancing the higher education landscape in the state.
“This decision reflects the government’s commitment to expanding educational opportunities and fostering academic excellence.
‘The allocation of funds underscores the recognition of the pivotal role that these institutions play in shaping the future workforce and driving socio-economic development,” he said.
Tonukari reminded the vice chancellors, rectors and provosts of the state owned tertiary institutions of the need to shore up their internally generated revenues (IGRs) as government could not be the sole financiers of the schools.
He advised students to shun cultism, examination malpractice and other anti-social behaviours that could affect their future.
Noting the addition of entrepreneurial training in the schools, the commissioner harped on the transformative power of education and urged the youths to embrace it and the open-doors of opportunities it offers.