Legislative Oversight: Delta Lawmakers Begin Visits To Educational Institutions In The State


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Delta State House of Assembly Committee on Education, Monday, commenced visits of establishments under its legislative oversight to ascertain level of commitment to quality service delivery in line with the MORE mantra of the state government.

Chairman of the Committee, Hon Charles Chukwuemeka Emetulu, said the 8th Delta State Assembly led by the Speaker, Rt Hon Emomotimi Guwor, expects nothing but excellent performance in government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, hence the need for all hands to be on deck to achieve the set goals.

Hon Emetulu who represents Ndokwa West in the House, explained that oversight duty is a constitutional responsibility of the legislature which empowers its committees to oversight on financial appropriations made to the various MDAs and levels of implementations.

The Lawmaker stated that his led House Committee on Education has resolved to ensure standards in the state’s education sector.

Flanked by the Vice Chairman, Hon Benson Obire, and other members, including Hon Ferguson Onwo, Emmanuel Sinebe, Marylyn Okowa- Daramola, Bridget Anyafulu and Matthew Omonade, the Lawmakers were at the Delta State Polytechnic, Otefe-Oghara, College of Education Mosogar and College of Education, Warri.

Hon Emetulu commended the removal of some bureaucratic bottlenecks to enable higher institutions run independently for massive infrastructural development.

He urged the authorities to be innovative, pointing out that managers of educational institutions must create alternative means of funding and not to depend solely on government.

Emutulu said he was very impressed with the institutions, most especially in the area of projects executions with internally generated revenue as well as meeting the TETfund requirements to attract projects from the intervention body.

The Lawmaker assured the two Colleges of Education in Mosogar and Warri that the Assembly will initiate a legislation that would allow awards of both NCE Certificate and Degrees.

According to Emetulu, operating the dual mode system would addressed issue of declining students population in the colleges, even as he called on staff of the institutions to upgrade themselves to meet up with present day realities.

He said the committee would liaise with other committees in house to intervene in the area of internal roads network in the institutions.

Emetulu assured the authority of Delta State Polythenic Otefe-Oghara of support in the completion of abandoned projects.

He commended management for the new administrative building under construction.

At College of Education Mosogar, the committee lauded the institution for the perimeter fencing of the college and for attracting three new major projects to the institution.

Similarly, the Lawmakers at the College of Education Warri, promised to interface with Desopadec to return to site to complete the administrative building it started.

Commissioner for Higher Education, Prof Johnbull Tonukeri commended the Lawmakers for the oversight visit and support.

He noted that the Ministry has made provisions for accreditations of courses in the various institutions as well as the issue of shortage of staff.

Rector, Delta State Polythenic Otefe-Oghara, Prof Emmanuel Ufuophu-Biri, appealed to the Committee to assist on the completion of abandoned projects in the institution and release of funds for accreditations of some programmes.

The Rector of College of Education Mosogar, Dr Israel Emide and the Rector of College of Education Warri, Dr Dickson Oyovwe, appealed for domestication of the dual mode programme as applicable at federal level to enable the institutions award both NCE certificate and degrees.

The oversight visits continue.



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