Saturday, November 14, 2015 9:03 pm
By Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt.
Edwin Clark University, Kiagbodo in Burutu local Government area of Delta State today held its maiden matriculation and installation of Chief Edwin Clark as its Chancellor. Edwin Clark University is one of the private universities granted license at the twilight of the tenure of the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan by the National Universities Commission, NUC.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State used the occasion to challenged eminent Nigerians to always contribute to the growth of the society by investing in the education of the youths. According to Governor Okowa, “investing in education ensures a positive future for our children,” assuring that his administration was committed to the development of education in the state. “Education is a core value of my administration and we wish that all Deltans are educated because education ensures a positive future for the people,” the Governor said.
He lauded Chief Edwin Clark for setting up the University, observing that, the establishment of the university was a clear evidence “that no matter your age or financial symbol, you can attract development to your community.”
“You (Pa Clark) are bequeathing a legacy, you have always been a shining light; we say thank you for bringing a university to this serene town; you have set an example that many Deltans will emulate and we encourage Deltans to establish universities and engage in developmental programmes in their communities,” the Governor reiterated while urging the matriculants to desist from joining secret cults. Governor Okowa described joining cultism as “giving one’s life to the devil,” adding that cultism affects the society, negatively.
Chief Clark at the occasion commended the leadership style of Governor Okowa stating, “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 University, Prof. Timothy Olagbemiro, said the university was fully residential and has zero tolerance for indiscipline.
Former Governor of Kano State, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau delivered a keynote lecture at the occasion which was attended by Prof. Amos Utuama (SAN), Major General David Jemibewon (rtd), Air Commander Indongesit Akanga, Senator Bassey Henshaw, Mrs Josephine Anenih, Dr Cairo Ojougbou, Major-General David Ejoor, Dr Steve Oru, among others.