Follow Due Process, Eghagha Tells Heads Of Tertiary Institutions

By Sunday Egede
Delta state commissioner for Higher Education, Prof. Hope Eghagha has called on Heads of State-owned tertiary institutions in the state to always follow due process in the administration of their respective institutions.
Eghagha made the call yesterday during the inaugural meeting of the Forum of Heads of State-owned Tertiary Institutions in the state which was held at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Higher Education, Asaba.
The Commissioner, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Eric Osharode, noted that the availability of funds goes a long way in dictating the pace of development.
However, he said, care must be taken in order to do things according to due process, adding that the process of awarding contracts and executing works must be in accordance with due process.
According to him, the inauguration of the Forum of Heads of State-owned Tertiary Institutions was unique, apt and timely, pointing out that there was actually the need for members of the forum to meet regularly for a number of reasons which he listed to include accountability and sustainability; quality assurance; avoidance of controversial statements; state of funding; uniform calendar and convocation ceremonies among others.
“From the foregoing, it is evident that the commencement of this interactive forum is long overdue”, Eghagha said, while assuring that the Ministry of Higher Education would, as usual, provide leadership and a level playing ground at the interactive fora to be subsequently hosted in turns by the institutions.
Earlier, Mr. Eric Osharode said that the inaugural meeting was the culmination of a good working relationship between the Ministry of Higher Education and tertiary institutions in the state, adding that it symbolises the convergence of great minds for the growth and development of tertiary education in the state.
During an interactive session of the meeting, the Managing Director of Heckerbella Limited, Laitan Oduwaiye, told members of the forum that her firm (Heckerbella Limited) has been engaged by the state government to carry out staff audit and biometric identification in all ministries, departments and agencies in the state, adding that the cooperation of members of the forum was highly needed.