Delta State Commissioner for Higher Education, Jude Sinebe, has revealed the State government has spent over half a billion Naira on programmes accreditation at the Delta State University (DELSU).
The Commissioner, who was speaking on the activities and achievements of his Ministry at the State’s ministerial press briefing held at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Information, Asaba, also revealed that a total of N30 million was released for the last convocation ceremony of the Institution.
The Higher Education Commissioner who was responding to questions, said that DELSU was able to generate N2 billion in 2016, but that the figure had fallen to N1.6 billion in 2017.
He said no tertiary institution in the State pay a kobo to the government, but that government on a monthly basis provide subvention to higher institutions in the State.
He revealed that the State government gave permission to higher Institutions to generate revenue and spend part of it on running their daily cost and embarking on infrastructure development.
Mr. Sinebe assured that the Senate building at the main campus of DELSU, Abraka would be completed as soon as funds were released.
At the ministerial press briefing, the Commissioner also gave reasons for the recent disengagement of the registrar and bursar of the Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku.
He said subversion of due process in the employment of staff for the polytechnic by the affected officers was responsible for their disengagement.
According to the Commissioner, the officers went about an employment process without getting the approval of the State Governor, which he said happened way back in 2013.
“They did not act alone. Others civil servants were involved, some 11 others,” he said.
He explained that the affected officers were asked to resign, and that they will forfeit all their retirement entitlements.
He said the measure was to guide against impunity and deter others from carrying their job without observing due process.
On why the name of College of Physical Education, Mosogar was changed to College of Education, Mosogar, the commissioner said that it was to make the institution more encompassing and attractive to prospective students.
He clarified that 70 years remained the retirement age for professors in Universities and 65 years for other academic staff, while academic staff in polytechnics and colleges of education was 65 years and other staff 60 years.