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DELSU: Egwunyenga Appeals To DTSG For More Funding

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From left- Professor Andy Egwunyenga, Hon Festus Agas & Professor Sam Oyovbaire during DELSU's 14th Convocation ceremony on Saturday

By Dafe Rukevwe

Vice-Chancellor, Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka, Professor Andy Egwunyenga, has appealed to the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa administration for increase in funds allocated to the institution by the Delta State Government.

Professor Egwunyenga said this in his speech during the 14th Convocation ceremony of the university on Saturday.

The VC said DELSU’s facilities such as classrooms, laboratories, workshops, halls of residence and offices need expanding and upgrading.

He added: “Despite government’s commendable efforts, there is need to engage more academic staff,” saying that “there is a compelling need for power and energy infrastructures to enable DELSU maximize the infinite opportunities inherent in ICT.”

While admitting that “Delta State Government has acquitted itself in funding the University in view of the multiple responsibilities it owes different strata and sectors of development in the state,” he noted that “a university is a cost intensive project.”

Adding: “The University is the incubator of for national development and as such it demands a lot of funding to cope and deliver on its many mandates.”

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He continued: “There are ongoing projects that still require the attention of the state government” such as the Administrative Building, the abandoned Sports Complex and the Faculty of Science Complex,” just as he said that “it has also become expedient for the university to have an international conference centre in view of its coming of age.”

“The university is in dire need of more accommodation for students and staff. The movement of the Faculties of Agriculture and Management Sciences to Abraka necessitates the construction of new halls of residence for students and blocks of flats for staff.”

According to him, “this will go a long way in repositioning the university in achieving its vision and mission.”

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