...Appeals for Transfer of School of Marine Technology, Burutu to State Ministry of Higher Education
A Delta-born human rights and education
advocate, Comrade (Chief) Mulade Sheriff has congratulated Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for making Delta a leading State with the highest number of public and private universities in Nigeria. Chief Mulade, a Peace Ambassador, gave the commendation on Friday the 26th of March, 2021 in Asaba, the Delta State Capital.
He said Deltans are proud of Dr. Okowa's educational strides which give every Deltan and other Nigerians the opportunity to acquire quality education in the State. Chief Mulade who is the President of the Riverine Communities Development Forum of Nigeria, expressed joy and happiness over the laudable achievement but appealed to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to transfer the School of Marine Technology, Burutu to the State Higher Education Ministry so that it could be managed and run by professional academics for the betterment of students, and also give a sense of belonging to the riverine dwellers of the State.
The human rights activist re-emphasised that the attachment of the School of Marine Technology, Burutu to the Ministry of Transport since it was established, indicated that it was meant to train the youths, only in crash programmes, instead of in full fledged degree and diploma courses such as those in the universities and polytechnics.
According to Mulade, a professional certificate is quite different from an academic qualification. He therefore, on behalf of riverine communities in Delta State, appealed to Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to transfer the School of Marine Technology, Burutu, to the Ministry of Higher Education so that academic experts could run and manage it towards achieving set goals.
He also appealed to the Governor to consider the riverine communities in his educational projects, especially in terms of siting higher institutions. He strongly appealed to the State Government to site campuses of the Delta State University, Abraka in the coastal areas now that the Anwai Campus of DELSU had been converted into a full fledged university, in order to give riverine dwellers a sense of belonging, and benefit from Governor Ifeanyi Okowa's educational development and advancement in the State.