Delta Governor Ifeanyi Okowa said Wednesday that the new Ozoro University of Science and Technology, created from the State Polytechnic in the community, was ready to take off in the 2021/2022 academic session with the institution’s current facilities.
Okowa revealed this in Ozoro while addressing the faithful of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP) in the grand finale of the party’s campaign ahead of Saturday’s House of Assembly by-elections for the Isoko North constituency seat.
The governor had inspected the Polytechnic facilities prior to the rally in preparation for the university to take off, and praised the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) for its contribution to the development of the polytechnic.
He told people he was at the school to see what was on the ground and what was needed for the university to take off, and announced that a Project Management Committee had been established to ensure a smooth take-off of the institution.
“With the breadth of the facilities they have, I am convinced that the place is ready to function fully as a University of Science and Technology.
“There is no doubt that we have some things that we will need in the future in order to expand, but with what they have, we are all completely ready for the initial takeoff,” he said.
To the leaders and members of the PDP in Isoko North Okowa he said “I have been proud and I am very happy that the crowd at the various demonstrations has struck fear in the hearts of the opposition.
“The leaders of the Isoko North PDP have made me proud and I am happy because the result of the elections will be outstanding.”
He promised to build an accident and emergency center and provide an ambulance for the Ozoro General Hospital.
The governor also assured the people about the prompt completion of the Modern Market of Ozoro.
Hundreds of defectors from the All Progressive Congress (APC) were greeted by the president of the state, Chief Kingsley Esiso.
Esiso at the rally said that APC was synonymous with insecurity, hunger and poverty and urged people to vote for the PPD in the by-elections.
He assured the decampees their rightful place in the party and urged them to work assiduously for the victory of the party.
General Director of the PDP Campaign Council, Hon. Oviemuno Oghoore, assured the governor of the full support of the people due to the upgrade of the Ozoro Polytechnic to a full-blown University.
Isoko North PDP Chairman Prince Godwin Ogorugba said the party was united ahead of the by-elections on Saturday April 10, ensuring the party would win en masse, but appealed to the governor to prevail over the contractor building the Ozoro’s modern market to intensify efforts for its early completion.