At the weekend, the Governor Sheriff Oborevwori of Delta State inaugurated projects at the Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku, and urged graduates to create jobs for themselves and others.
It was at the third combined convocation ceremony of the Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku.
Some of the projects that the governor inaugurated included a fifty capacity lecture hall, volleyball, basketball and multi-purpose courts and ICT Microsoft Certification Centre, among others.
The governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Sir Monday Onyeme, stated: “Graduation is a time to set new goals and targets.”
According to him, graduates should not rest on their oars but put into practice the knowledge and skills they have learnt. “The public and private sectors will benefit from your education and professionalism, while the entrepreneurial world awaits your ideas.
“In line with the philosophy of this administration of producing graduates with entrepreneurial skills, it is our earnest expectation that you will go out there and create jobs for yourself and others,” the governor said.
He commended the polytechnic for its achievements, asserting: “Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku, is no doubt, a fast growing institution and I appreciate the improvements in the areas of infrastructure, capacity building, entrepreneurial and sports development;
“I appeal to the Governing Council, Management and Staff of the school to improve on the work they are doing; I commend the school authority for the enabling environment and prevailing peace which allows for serious academic activities in the school.”
The governor ated that his administration would continue to create conducive learning environment in public institutions at all levels through the provision of adequate infrastructure, equipment for laboratories and maintaining a peaceful environment for staff and students.
Chairman, Governing Council of the Polytechnic, Chief Jonathan Arausi, in an address, called on stakeholders, corporate organizations and people of goodwill to join hands with Delta State Government for the sustenance of the Polytechnic as a “global centre for academic excellence.”
The Rector of the Polytechnic, Professor Emmanuel Achuenu had earlier thanked Governor Sheriff Oborevwori for his commitment to the growth of education in the state.
According to the rector, a total of twenty thousand nine hundred and thirty three, with nine thousand, three hundred and fifty nine as National Diploma and eleven thousand, five hundred and seventy four as Higher National Diploma graduated from the institution.
Awards were presented at the occasion.