Okowa charges eminent Nigerians on investment in education sector
The governor, who spoke over the weekend at the maiden matriculation ceremony cum installation of Chief Edwin Clark as Chancellor of the Edwin Clark
University, Kiagbodo, Burutu Local Council of the state, said investing in education ensures a positive future for the children.
While assuring that his administration was committed to the development of education in the state, Okowa lauded the octogenarian for setting up the institution, observing that the gesture was clear evidence that no matter your age or financial symbol, you can attract development to your community.”
He cautioned the new intakes against cultism.
Clark commended the governor, stating that “your government has been very kind to us and very cooperative towards development programmes.”
He called for the establishment of more universities, observing that education should be within the reach of the people.
The Vice-Chancellor of the 60th private university in Nigeria, Prof. Timothy Olagbemiro, said the institution was fully residential and had zero tolerance for indiscipline.
Also speaking, former Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau who delivered the keynote address at the event, noted that the university was licensed during his administration in view of the calibre of Nigerians on its Board of Trustees.
While congratulating the founder and the pioneer students for making history, Shekarau said Clark, whom he addressed as “our father,” would be leaving behind a huge legacy, adding that the greatest investment in an individual was education, the wheel to greatness.
The former minister challenged higher institutions in the country to ensure that their students were properly educated both in character and learning, adding that it was not just enough to graduate with degrees, but equally important, to fit into the needs of the society.
He said it was this drive that made the ministry during his tenure to come up with the policy of compulsory entrepreneurial skill acquisition training for all the students in tertiary institutions irrespective of fields of study.
The highlight of the occasion was the administering of oath on the 90 pioneer students by Prof. Olagbemiro, who disclosed that the matriculants met all criteria for admission by the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB).
He had earlier disclosed that the Edwin Kiagbodo Clark tuition-free scholarship of N250,000 to the first 100 admitted students was a contributory factor for the admission of most of the students, marking the beginning of a life-long transformation and development.
Other dignitaries at the event, including Dr. Alex Ekwueme, Prof. Oserheimen Osunbor, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Gen. David Jemibewon (rtd), former Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, his deputy, Prof Amos Utuama, Ambassador Akporode Clark, Prof E. J. Alagoa, among others praised the founder for the initiative.