Omos Oyinbode, Asaba
Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State has faulted the scrapping of weekend programmes in Nigerian Universities saying, it will deprive a lot of Nigerian youths university education. Speaking during the 9th convocation ceremony of the Delta State University, Abraka, (DELSU) the Governor said: “The Nigeria University Commission (NUC) should first evaluate the advantages of weekend programmes before scrapping it. “I stand here to lend my voice to those calling on NUC not to scrap weekend programmes not because of financial benefits to the universities but, because there is a lot of people out there who will not have the opportunity of having education without weekend programmes.” The Governor congratulated the seven thousand, eight hundred and six (7, 806) graduates which included graduates in Diploma, First Degree and Higher Degree courses.
He challenged them to be good ambassadors of the University stating, “I do know that the certificate is not all about learning but of worthy character, so, I appeal to you to be a good ambassador of your university, be good ambassador of your state and of your country.” While urging the graduates to shun societal vices, Uduaghan disclosed that his administration takes education as a priority second to the health sector in the human capital development programme.
According to him, “an uneducated society cannot develop, so we place emphasis on education. We are here to celebrate learning and worthy character and it is because of that I want to congratulate our celebrants today.” He used the occasion to commend host communities to the multiple campuses of DELSU and appealed to them not to exert undue influence on the management of the University on any issue particularly employment and appointments.
He said that host communities should allow the University to employ only those who merited it professionally. Earlier, the Pro-chancellor of the University and chairman of the Governing Council, Prof. Sam Oyovbaire thanked Governor Uduaghan for his commitment to the development of the University, while the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. V. F. Peretomode asserted that: “Convocation is the ultimate rite of passage that inaugurates graduates into the society as finished academic products of an institution.”