Uduaghan’s Message On Annual Convocation

By FIDELIS EGUGBO
DELTA State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan is a realist, a down-to-earth person and sincere in handling of issues. Last weekend, he spoke on the need for institutions of higher learning to make annual convocation a priority.
Many may not know but, that call is laden with challenges. This is because, students will strive hard to graduate with their colleagues while the lecturers on their part will work harder not to be found wanting at their jobs.
The Governor spoke at the first convocation ceremony of the Delta State Polytechnic, Otefe-Oghara, Ethiope West Local Government Area of the state. The governor stated, “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 was apparently, replying to an address by the Rector of the Polytechnic. Dr. (Mrs.) Clara Sogbaike in which she had, said, “Today, we graduate well over 10,000 ND and HND students from 2002/2003 – 2013/2014 academic sessions.”
Dr. Uduaghan, who congratulated the graduands, challenged them to be good ambassadors of their alma mater by contributing positively to the growth of the society, asserting, “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.”
“You are now fully empowered to become instruments of sustainable development and to impact on a larger canvas. Remember that only those who dare to dream and care to achieve have seen their destinies fulfilled,” the governor advised the graduands.
Dr. Uduaghan said that the polytechnics set up by the state government were to capture the precious youths of the state early and to provide them with quality education.
“This polytechnic is a success story among higher education institutions of the country with a sole objective to bring home quality engineering and management education for the benefit of our youths, thereby addressing the equity and digital divide”, he stated.
The State Commissioner for Higher Education, Hon. Charles Emetulu had, in a welcome address, said, “Since its inception over a decade ago, the polytechnic has graduated 10 sets of students without organizing a single convocation. This development, no doubt, has a telling effect on the morale of our teeming graduands in their educational endeavours which has been remedied today.”
While commending the Governor Uduaghan’s administration for his commitment to the 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 convocation ceremony was interesting as special recognition was given by the Polytechnic to a 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 Uvo-Gardner and Prof. Solomon Okobiah, among others.