From Olise Nwagbogwu,
The National Universities Commission (NUC), has approved the recently upgraded three tertiary institutions in Delta State to universities.
The approval was given by the Executive Secretary of NUC, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, when the state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, led top state government officials to present strategic documents of the universities to the commission at its headquarters in Abuja on Friday.
The approved universities are the Delta State University, Agbor; Dennis 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 were created for by providing sustainable funding”.