Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa on Thursday, February 25, signed three Bills for the establishment of new universities in the state.
Governor Okowa while speaking at the ceremony at the Government House, Asaba, the state capital, commended members of the House of Assembly for the prompt passage of the bills.
Vanguard News reports that the bills were presented to Okowa for assent by the Speaker of the Assembly, Sheriff Oborevwori, accompanied by his deputy, Christopher Ochor and other principal officers of the House.
Okowa noted that despite prevailing challenges, the lawmakers deliberated on the bills that were sent to the House a few weeks ago and organized a public hearing to have inputs of the general public on them.
The governor thanked the Ministry of Higher Education for their efforts in bringing the establishment of the universities to fruition.
“I am glad that I have assented to the three bills today and I am thankful to the House for their usual cooperation.
“We looked at a wide range of issues during our Education Summit and it became obvious that we needed to take certain actions as they affected the education of our people.”
He further said:
“As our institutions are today they just require little more funding to be upgraded to universities.
“As the students of our technical education start to progress from the technical colleges to the polytechnics, they also have a chance of going further to the University of Science and Technology.
“What we have done today is in the best interest of the state because it is a futuristic thing and people will come to appreciate it in the future. We believe that whatever actions we take, it is always in the best interest of the state,” he said.