By Ifeanyi Olannye
Delta Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Wednesday praised the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) for its role in the growth and development of higher education in the country.
The governor praised him by receiving the chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Higher Education and Services, Aminu Suleiman, and other members at Government House, Asaba.
Okowa said he was proud of TETFund’s exceptional contributions to funding research and infrastructure development at higher education institutions across the country.
While describing the National Assembly as an important organ of government, he praised it for the enactment of laws and its oversight functions which, he said, spawned advances in education in the country.
“As things stand in this country, the more the National Assembly exercises oversight functions, the more likely we are to have better institutions.
“There is no doubt that thanks to various laws passed by our country and the law creating the TETFund, a lot has been done in higher education institutions.
“But, I still think that in general, as a country, we need to start looking very closely at the funding and research of our higher education institutions more than we currently do.
“It will help the development of the mind and higher institutions, and also help to try to get us to compete with other universities around the world,” Okowa said.
He said his administration had upgraded three state colleges to universities, stressing that development was informed by the aspirations of the state’s people for higher education.
“I’m glad you mentioned the Federal University of Technology in Asaba.
“I think that with the facilities of the Federal College of Education (Technical), Asaba, the federal government will not spend more to run the university.
“It’s just a matter of modernizing the Federal College of (Technical) Education, Asaba. They have enough structures and a good number of speakers as well, ” he said.
Of his administration’s entrepreneurial programs, Okowa said that “until we start training young entrepreneurs in skills training and agriculture, we may not be able to keep the peace being built. at the moment “.
He urged members of the National Assembly to play their part to keep the country united and give hope to the people, especially in this difficult time, saying the legislature is a very important part of politics.
Earlier, Suleiman said his team was in a condition to continue their surveillance duties.
He said that one of the responsibilities of the legislature is to exercise control over the state of higher education institutions to enable them to carry out their functions, with regard to ownership.
Suleiman praised Okowa for his commitment, honesty and dedication, which he said led to the massive construction of roads across the state.
He also praised the governor for his administration’s youth empowerment program, which has led to lasting peace in the state. (NAA)