DELTA State governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has called on the Federal Government to review the act establishing the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) to cater for both private and public institutions of higher learning.
Okowa made the call last weekend at the combined convocation ceremony of the Western Delta University (WDU), Oghara, in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State.
“The law setting up TETFund should be looked into because it is right for TETFund to assist the private universities. Whether private or public, they are training our children,” he averred.
He congratulated the graduating students and challenged them to cultivate the zeal to succeed.
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“All over the world, the days are gone when you will graduate from the university and carry the certificate, moving from one place to the other searching for a job.
“As you go out, engage in lawful business, pray and trust in God,” he admonished them.
While restating his administration’s commitment to continuously partner with private and public institutions of higher learning, Governor Okowa congratulated the Western Delta University for the successful ceremony.
Newly decorated chancellor of the university and former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Obong Victor Attah, informed the graduands that “knowledge is not merely a certificate, but a deep understanding of issues.”
He advised them to deploy the knowledge they had acquired to effect a positive change in the society.
Vice-chancellor of the university, Professor Otete Okobiah, in her address, disclosed that the school was graduating five sets of graduands: 2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015, 2015/2016 and 2016/2017.
She listed the achievements of the institution to include the introduction of more courses such as Criminology and Security Studies, International Relations and Law as well as the endorsement of part-time courses in Accounting, Business Administration and Political Science.
Two-time governor of Delta State and visitor to the university, Chief James Ibori; former governor of Edo State, Chief Lucky Igbinedion, and former deputy governor of Delta State, Professor Amos Utuama (SAN) were among dignitaries who attended the ceremony.
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