From Osakhare Erese Asaba
The authorities of the Delta state owned University (Delsu) at the weekend raised the alarm over inadequate funding and absence of lecturers, warning that the university might be worse hit if urgent steps are not taken by the state government to attend to its needs.
Although the university management however, expressed satisfaction with the state government led by Dr Ifeanyi Okowa for his efforts in ensuring the university meets standard with others, but regretted that the University was far from being infrastructural Standard including adequate manpower (ie lecturers).
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Victor Peretomode who confirmed this to our reporter in an interview appealed to the state Governor, Dr, Ifeanyi Okowa to give heed to the university’s request for more funding by boosting the financial allocation accruing to the institution.
He said, “funding had remained the university biggest challenges, it affects everything, including adequate staffing, we don’t have lecturers, we need more lecturers, the university might go into extinction if there are no measure to strengthen the infrastructural decay ,the university needs lots for a befitting standard, hence we appealed to Governor Okowa to come to our aid.”
According to the vice chancellor, challenges abound in the Nigerian university system of which Delsu is not restricted to, saying “Nigeria is gradually emerging from severe economic recession which took a toll on every sector of the nation’s economy, including the universities, I wish to play Oliver twist ,and appeal to The Governor to give heed to our request to approve our request for the appointment of new lecturers.”
He said that Delsu would have emerged one of the best, and sought after universities in Nigeria, but for its current situation, noting that to attain this standard, there was need for more funding in order to cope with the expectations, and engender academic, as well as scientific breakthrough and increase its carrying capacity.
“We need to build on our achievements by improving on our accreditation status, this means that we will need more funds for expensive science and technology, as well as vocational equipment and machines for accreditation purposes since it is a recurring phenomenon,” the vice chancellor added.
While commending the state Governor, Dr,Okowa for being education friendly at all levels, the vice chancellor averred that infrastructural developmental strides ongoing in the state was a true testament to the fact that he is working.
Investigation revealed that acute shortage of lecturers are in the following departments, Medicine, and Surgery, Nursing, Engineering, pharmacy, English and Foundations of Education, among others.