Thursday 19, November 2015
From Paul Osuyi, Asaba, Nigeria
The National Universities Commission (NUC) of Nigria has granted full license
to Western Delta University (WDU) in Oghara, Ethiope West Local
Government Area of Delta State to operate as a private university
Western Delta University was the dream of former governor of the
state, Chief James Ibori, and metamorphosed into reality through the
efforts of a non-profit making organisation, the Urhobo Advancement
The university has been operating on a provisional license granted in
2007 until August 13, this year when NUC granted the full license for
it to operate as a private institution of higher learning, according to
the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Austin Asagba.
Addressing a press conference at the university’s temporary site,
Prof. Asagba said with the granting of full license, the institution has
been galvanized to meet the higher education needs of the people in the
Niger Delta in particular, and the country in general.
“We will never lose sight of our mission and vision to our people in
the Niger Delta. We have repositioned ourselves because the full license
has galvanized us to knowing that we have a responsibility to our
people in the Niger Delta area and the country as a whole.
“We have come up with a new plans in terms of what we are going to do
next, and luckily we are expanding quickly. We have two new colleges
that are coming which are colleges of humanities and law.
“The two new colleges will complement the existing two colleges, that
is College of Natural and Applied Sciences and College of Social and
Management Sciences. We are going to expand in terms of population,
innovation and ideas.
“We are coming with a new strategy where higher education is
functional and serviceable to the local community. We are not just
special in terms of our academic contents but the in terms of the
nurturing strategies that we are putting in place,” he said.
He gave the assurance that by March, next year, the university will
be operating from its permanent site, and that work on the permanent
site has reached advanced stages, noting that the movement which will be
in phases will commence in earnest.
Prof. Asagba explained that the university had its first
matriculation ceremony with 150 students, adding that it’s first
gradation ceremony was held in 2013.
He gave the current student population as 1,500, adding with the
introduction of the two colleges, the population would likely increase
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