Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa

ASABA/Nigeria: In a surprising move, the Delta State Government, through the Delta State House of Assembly will by the 2021/2022 Academic Session will start three new higher educational centre, as the Bills for the upgrade of three higher institutions in Delta State to status of universities have been read the third times and passed at the State House of Assembly.

The separate motions for the third reading of the three bills were moved by the Deputy Majority Leader, Hon Oboro Preyor and adopted at Tuesday’s plenary presided over by the Speaker, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori.

The bills include, the Delta State University of Education, Agbor, Establishment Bill, the Delta State University of Science and Technology, Ozoro Establishment Bill and the Delta State University of Science and Agriculture, Anwai, Establishment Bill.

The names of two of the institutions were however changed during the Committee of whole by members as a recommendation from the Education Committee of the House.

The Delta State University of Education, Agbor, was changed to University of Delta, Agbor, while the Delta State University of Science and Agriculture, Anwai, is now known as Dennis Osadebey University, Anwai-Asaba.

The House Committee on Education, had presented its reports on the three bills, where it said rigorous legislative scrutiny were carried out by members on the bills, and a public hearing which was attended by various stakeholders in the field of education.

The Chairman of the Committee, Hon Charles Emetulu, explained that some amendments were proposed for the consideration of the House.

The Speaker, Rt Hon Oborevwori expressed happiness over the passage of the bills, saying that it would further grow the educational sub sector in the state.

The Speaker, particularly commended the naming of one of the universities after the former Premier of defunct Midwestern region, Chief DennisOsadebey.


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