Delta State governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has disclosed his administration’s commitment to empower 50 best graduating students in Agriculture from institutions of higher learning in the state to become entrepreneurs.
Speaking at the weekend during the second convocation ceremony for 2013/14 graduands of Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro, in lsoko North Local Government Area, the governor said the programme would commence from January 2016 and would run all through his tenure in office.
According to him, “This administration will establish 50 best graduating students in agriculture from institutions of higher learning in the state as from January 2016, after their youth service programme so that they will be entrepreneurs and employers of labour. We will be monitoring their progress.”
He commended the management of the institution for ensuring that about 28 courses were been accredited by the National Board for Technical Education, NTBE, stressing that polytechnics in the state should be restructured and refocused for appropriate specialisation to complement the regular skills and training programmes of the institutions.
Governor Okowa advised the NBTE to institute mechanism for effective monitoring and supervision of polytechnics to advance in their respective areas of specialisation.
“NBTE should put the necessary machinery in motion for Nigeria Polytechnics to run Post Graduate Diploma and Master’s Degree programmes, especially in their respective areas of specialisation; this will help to elevate the status of polytechnics in the country,” Okowa said.
He expressed satisfaction with the level of infrastructural development in the state, adding that the management of the school had made judicious use of its internally generated revenue for development.
He disclosed that his administration would soon commence the payment of the 2013/14 bursary, assuring that government was interested in making the payments but had not commenced payment due to the inconsistency in the list of beneficiaries.
In a welcome address, the rector of the polytechnic, Dr. Jacob Oboreh appreciated the government support to the school, explaining that their vision was to make the polytechnic a world class institution.
He explained that the institution was faced with the challenge of teaching staff and solicited the support of government to this effect.

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