VICE-Chancellor, Delta State University, DELSU, Abraka, Prof. Victor Peretomode, at the Creativity and Innovation Day celebration to mark DELSU’s 25th anniversary, has said that Nigerian tertiary education challenges can be overcome through provision of exemplary scholarship and high standard of professionalism for students.
Peretomode said that DELSU’s exemplary scholarship and high standard of professionalism in promoting students’ creativity and linking them to the larger society, will help solve key national issues such as high level of unemployment among graduates, low government earning and decrease in government sectoral expenditure, including declined quality of education at all levels.
His words: ”Our institution is committed to actively addressing these issues through exemplary scholarship and professionalism in higher education by ensuring that the university’s fundamental purpose of knowledge, economy creation are served in addition to meeting this secondary objective of bringing out literate society.
DELSU VC added that, “ One way to promote scholarly prowess is to regularly showcase the ingenuity and talents of products/outputs, the students. Today, we witnessed dances by students of Kinetics and Human Education, and Theatre Arts; a Mock Court Session by Law students from Oleh Campus, and Singing/Poetry Recitations Competitions and the exhibitions by students of Engineering and Fine and Applied Arts. These are meant to showcase the creativity/innovations that abide in the university with a view to strengthening the symbiotic relationship between DELSU and industry/investors.” added the VC.
In his inaugural lecturer, Prof. Abedenego Ekoko, while commended the university for graduating 172, 492 graduates in its 25 years of existence, called on lecturers to shun sexual harassment against females which he described as five minutes madness.
Prof. Abedenego who urged lecturers to be exposed to other universities cultures other than Abraka, promised to give all his publications at his demise to the institution’s library.
“ As part of my 24 years of service in DELSU, all my academic publications will be donated to the university’s Library to advance teaching, learning and research at my demise.’ vowed Prof. Abedenego.