Uduaghan Tasks Tertiary Institutions On Annual Convocation

By FIDELIS EGUGBO/SUNNY
EGEDE DELTA State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has urged institutions of higher learning to organize annual convocation for their graduating students.
The Governor made the call yesterday at the first convocation ceremony of the Delta State Polytechnic, Otefe-Oghara, Ethiope West Local Government Area of the state.
According to him, annual convocation ceremony was vital in institutions of higher learning as it encourages students to strive towards completing the academic works with their mates.”I urge management of higher institutions, especially, management of this institution to make the convocation ceremony an annual
event so that graduating students can look forward to it,” he said.
He congratulated the graduands and challenged them to be good ambassadors of their alma mater by contributing positively to the growth of the society.
The governor stated, “I know most of you graduated some years ago, some of you have got jobs, some are looking for job, be good ambassadors of your school, don’t be afraid to take up challenges that will contribute to the growth of the state.”
He paid glowing tribute to former governor of the state, Chief James Ibori, observing, “his vision led to the founding of this institution.”
While commending the management of the Polytechnic for giving awards to those who have contributed to the growth of the institution, the governor said the awards were strong indications that their contributionsdid not go unnoticed.
The Commissioner for Higher Education, Hon. Charles Emetulu, in a welcome address, said, “since its inception over a decade ago, the Polytechnic has graduated ten sets of students without organizing a single convocation,” adding, “this development,
no doubt, has a telling effect on the moral of our teeming graduands in their educational endeavors which has been remedied today.”
While commending Governor Uduaghan’s administration for his commitment to development of education
in the state, Hon. Emetulu asserted, “it is important to state that polytechnic education is the hallmark of technology development as well as the harbinger of scientific development,
it is for this reason that any society that is desirous of a technological breakthrough should invest in technical education and it is against this backdrop that this administration accords utmost priority to polytechnic education being a training ground for middle level technical and vocational manpower in the state.”
The Rector of the Polytechnic, Dr. (Mrs.) Clara Sogbaike, stated that, “today, we graduate well over ten thousand ND and HND students from 2002/2003 – 2013/2014 academic
sessions.”
Governor Uduaghan had earlier, commissioned some completed projects in the Polytechnic which included Mass Communication complex. Awards of special recognition was given by the Polytechnic to former Governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs,
Chief Steve Oru, Senator-elect for Delta Central Senatorial District, Chief Ighoyota Amori; Dr (Mrs) Elizabeth Gardner; and Prof. Solomon Okobiah, among others