Delta Hands Over School Of Marine To Higher Education Ministry

By Promise Ogana

Delta State Government has officially handed over the School of Marine Technology, Burutu from the Directorate of Transport to that of Ministry of Higher Education.

The handing over, we gathered, was in line with the state’s strategic disposition towards educational development, and for effective supervision and repositioning.

The Commissioner for Higher Education, Prof. Patrick Muoboghare, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr. Anthony Nwokolobia, made this known in Asaba during the handling over ceremony of the institution.

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Mrs Ngozi Nwanze (right) handing a document to her counterpart in Higher Education Dr. Anthony Nwokolobia (left) during the handing over of ceremony of the Handing over of Delta State School of Marine Technology from Transport Ministry to Higher Education

He noted that the Ministry of Higher Education was established by the state government to reposition all tertiary institutions in the state for effective service delivery.

He added that the Governor Okowa’s administration through the Ministry of Higher Education would focus more on the adequate funding of the school and the infrastructural development at the permanent site, assuring that the staff would be well motivated.

“Whenever you approach the Governor of Delta State, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa with the progress and challenges of the institution, he would always respond because he want to ensure he lives a legacy that everyone would be proud of,” he stated.

While commending the Directorate of Transport for devoting its time, material and human resources in making sure that the institution was transmitted from monotechnic status to a polytechnic, he assured them that the school would be offered the same supervision as other tertiary institutions in the state.

In the same vein, the Permanent Secretary in the Directorate of Transport, Mrs Ngozi Nwanze, responded that the reason for the establishment of the school was to be recognised and its products being accepted by end-users all over the world.

She explained that the institution was placed under the supervision of the Directorate of Transport with the responsibility of formulating and implementing policies governing the activities of the maritime sector.

Mrs Nwanze stressed that the institution was transferred to the Ministry of Higher Education to enable it attract funding from TETFUND and Educational Tax Fund (ETF) which would relieve the state government of sole funding of the school.

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