By Sunny A. Ijomah
Some Lecturers of the Delta State University of Science and Technology, Ozoro have hailed the appointment of Prof. Jacob Oboreh as the pioneer Vice Chancellor as a recognition of merit and hard work by the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
They also said Prof. Oboreh as a former Rector of Delta State Polytechnic distinguished himself in the areas of creative administration, facilities development and improving academic standards.
Those who spoke yesterday in Ozoro are Mr. Chyke Gbemudu of General Studies Department, Mr. Sam Igbi of Mass Communication Department and Mr. Kator Peter Enahwo of Agriculture Science Department.
The Lecturer believed that Prof. Oboreh shall build a strong foundation for the University just as he did during his tenure as Rector of Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro.
Mr. Gbemudu observed that the appointment was a cheerful news and members of the academic environment were very happy, stressing that Governor Okowa has displayed great wisdom and administrative sagacity by putting a square peg in a square hole.
The Lecturer stated that Campus 2 of the Polytechnic was a creation of Prof. Oboreh and that the VC will rise to the occasion for he knows the problems of the polytechnic now converted to a University.
He praised the learning facilities in the Polytechnic during Prof. Oboreh`s tenure which also led to high academic standard, stating that Prof. Job Akpodiete built on the legacy of Prof. Oboreh.
Mr. Igbi on his part, observed that the achievements under Oboreh were due to his communication skills and the uncommon abilities to listen to the counsels of his subordinates.
He stated that the Delta State Governor should be praised by taking the right decision of making somebody who has the administrative and academic qualities to run the new university.
Mr. Igbi therefore advised the VC to build on his legacy and that the second coming should surpass the achievements as a Rector.
Mr. Kator Enahwo saw the second coming of Prof. Oboreh as a continued educational journey for the academic wellbeing of the new university, saying that his previous achievements were the reason Governor Okowa found Oboreh fit and proper for the upgraded institution.
The Lecturer therefore called on the VC to regularize the appointment of part time Lecturers and work towards staff development by the provision of grants to get higher degrees.
He urged the VC to upgrade the learning facilities, called for collaboration between the new University and World class Universities for exchange programmes and training of staff.