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Education: NUC Approves Upgrade of 3 Institutions to Universities in Delta

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

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 on Friday.

The approved universities are the Delta State University, Agbor; Denis Osadebe University, Asaba and the Delta State University of Science and Technology, Ozoro. The development has made Delta a state with the highest number of universities in the country.

The state, with the three approved universities in addition to the one already in existence, now has four universities. It also has two federal universities, namely; Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko and Petroleum Training Institute, Effurun, making the total number of universities in the state six.

Rasheed, at the presentation of letter of recognition, charged the governor to provide sustainable financial resources for the survival of the universities.

“Today, Delta State with this three will have four state universities and making it the state with the largest number of public universities in the country.

“It is something worth celebrating, we advice the governor to kindly make the universities to serve the purpose they are created for by providing sustainable funding.

“The Delta State University, Agbor, is the 54th university in the country, while the Delta State University of Science and Technology is the 52nd university in the country.

“With this, we now have 197 universities in the country, 98 of them are public universities, and 99 of them are private.

“The total enrolment in the 99 private universities is slightly over five per cent of the total enrolment in the university system.

“We have only 2.1 million university students and only five per cent are accounted for in the 99 private universities.

“No doubt you will do something to ensure the universities do not become beggars,” he said.

Rasheed, however, said that the commission would continue to work with the state to ensure the universities take their place among other universities.

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

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