All is now set for the twin events of 14th convocation ceremony and 30th anniversary of the Delta State University, Abraka, established on April 28, 1992.
A visit to the institution on Thursday, by our news crew, revealed that the two upcoming ceremonies promise to be unique and worthwhile, as the various committees set up to midwife the events have been working round the clock to ensure successful outings.
In an interview, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Andy Egwunyenga, said the events would roll off the ground on Monday, 25th April, with a world press conference to be addressed by him at the 750 sitting capacity auditorium at the permanent site of the institution, beginning at 10 am.
Prof. Egwunyenga stated that a convocation lecture, to be delivered by an eminent scholar and Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, would take place on 27th April, at 750 A Lecture Theatre, site 3, at 10am, while a commemorative 30th anniversary lecture entitled: ‘Whither Education In Africa?’ to be delivered by a Pan – Africanist and renowned public speaker, Prof. Otieno Mulumba,, from Kenya, would take the stage on 28th April, 2022, at 12 noon.
The University’s Alumni Day holds on 29th April, with an Endowment Fund launch by the VC, to be supported by the alumni of the institution from different parts of the country, through the VC’s award.
The grand finale of the events takes place on 30th April, 2022, with a convocation ceremony for graduands of 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 academic sessions, to be presided over by the State Governor and Visitor to the University, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa, who would also be commissioning some projects in the institution.
There will also be honours awards to two Professors Emeritus of the University, Eric Arubayi and Sam Ukala (posthumous), as well as award of Doctorate degrees to two distinguished Deltans, Jim Ovia, who is the Founder/Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc and a retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Francis Tabai.
Prof. Egwunyenga said DELSU had, for the past three years, been rated as the best University in the South South region by the National Universities Commission (NUC) standards, stressing that the transformation of the institution over the past 30 years was worth celebrating.