Poly’s stadium, other projects commissioned
A 14,000-capacity stadium built by Delta State Polytechnic Ozoro with the support of the government, the first of its kind in any tertiary institution in Nigeria and eight other projects executed solely with internally generated revenue by the school, have been commissioned by Governor Arthor Ifeanyi Okowa at the Isoko North Local Government Area’s headquarters.
Commissioning them, Okowa said he was excited with the laudable achievements of the rector,Dr. Jacob S. Oboreh’s team.
He recalled that in 2015, he commissioned some projects in the institution and was now back in 2016 to open the stadium, model banking hall for the banking and finance department, wheel balancing/alignment workshop for the centre for entrepreneurship education, a block of engineering workshop/ laboratory for the department of chemical engineering technology, upgraded maingate, fire-fighting station building and trucks as well as campus roads and structures for the science laboratory technology department.
Okowa commended the chairman of polytechnic’s council, Rt. Hon. Funkekeme Solomon and its management for judicious use of internally-generated revenue.
He noted that the institution has 100 per cent accreditation and has moved from 12 to 21 departments as well as 21 to 32 programmes which indicates growth. The governor commended the other academic and non-academic staff of Ozoro polytechnic for the special training offered to students.
He commended Ozoro community and Isoko people for a peaceful environment in all the projects commissioned.
Solomon commended the governor for allowing the council to function without interference in the supervision and execution of all projects to ensure standard and quality. He added that the council has strictly adhered to its oversight function on the vision, mission and strategic direction of the polytechnic, in tune with the overall policy direction of the state government.
Oboreh also commended the governor for the support in all the projects commissioned. He said the polytechnic achieve all the projects within a short time due to prudent management of the lean resources with a workable pragmatic system of execution as well as commitment to the principle of accountability.
Also in attendance were Senator James Manager and Rt. Hon. Leo Ogor (representing Delta South Senatorial District and Isoko federal constituency at the House of Representatives respectively); Secretary to the State Government, Festus Ovie Agas; Higher Education commissioner Jude Sinebe; Provost, Delta State University, Oleh campus, Professor Stephen Emosairue,
Others Major-Gen. Paul Ufiome Omu (rtd); the Ovie (monarch) of Ozoro Kingdom, Anthony Uvietobore Ogbogbo Ibuka 1; Archbishop C.A.O Apena of Bethesda Gospel Mission and Bishop John U. Aruakpor of Oleh Diocese, Anglican Communion among others.