The Bayelsa State Executive Council has applauded the management of the state owned Niger Delta University for midwifing the successful accreditation of more courses by the National University Commission (NUC).
The Council at its 106th meeting said the development has again proved that the investment the government is making in the education sector is truly paying off.
Commissioner for Education in the state, Hon. Jonathan Obuebite, stated this while briefing journalists at the end of the meeting, on Thursday.
He said it was cheering for Governor Seriake Dickson and other members of the council when the management of the school presented the report of the just concluded 2018 accreditation exercise of the institution.
Hon. Obuebite disclosed that the 29 programmes presented before the NUC got full accreditation and by that has increased the enrollment of more students into the university.
According to him, Governor Dickson praised the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council as well as other members of the management team for the feat, noting that it was their commitment and efforts that yielded the positive result.
He said: “Today council at its 106th meeting received the management team of the Niger Delta University. They presented the report of the recently concluded accreditation exercise. I am glad to announce that we got 100 percent accreditation for all the 29 programmes that was presented.
“This development has automatically increased enrollment of students into the school. Now 7,100 students can gain admission into the NDU if they pass JAMB. This has no doubt shown that our investment in the education sector is yielding the desire fruits”.
In his remarks, Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said a 27-member committee has been inaugurated for the burial of late poet, literary icon and renowned novelist, Pa Gabriel Okara.
Iworiso-Markson informed that the committee which is headed by the Deputy Governor also has the Chief of Staff Government House, some serving commissioners, representative of the Association of Nigerian Authors and veteran journalist, Linsday Barret as members.
He said Governor Dickson charged the committee to work closely with the Okara family to give the departed literary giant a burial befitting of a hero.
“To underscore how important Pa Gabriel Okara is to the government and people of Bayelsa State, His Excellency decided that the Deputy Governor should be in charge of that commitee which is made up of other prominent personalities who will also serve as heads of various sub-committees” he said.