With one of the highest number of tertiary institutions in the country, the government of Delta State is making massive investment in the development of infrastructures in the institutions to keep them at the same level with any other in the world
The transformation in the education sector in Delta State is total. That is the reason for the huge investment in infrastructural facilities in the institutions of higher learning in the state. At the Delta State University, DELSU, in Abraka, the Uduaghan administration has shown its commitment to the upgrading of the infrastructural facilities to world class. Some of the structures that dot the landscape are the ongoing seven-storey administrative block building and the Faculty of Law. The lecture theatres are equally outstanding.
At the university’s Department of Computer Science, there is a computer laboratory with functional computers and an information communication technology, ICT, centre with over 300 state-of-the-art computers. The university also has e-learning materials in its library with well over 100 personal computers. At the Asaba campus of the university, the state government has renovated the library, built hostels for male and female students. And at the Oleh campus, the government has also built three engineering workshops. It is for these reasons and many more that Professor Eric Arubayi, Vice Chancellor, DELSU, says “Education in Delta State has taken a very long leap for the better.”
The three existing polytechnics in the state are not left out in the development of infrastructure. As Edna Mogekwu, Rector, Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku, puts it, “they are advantaged more than the older polytechnics. Most of them, especially the polytechnics at Ozoro and Otefe, what they have now, in terms of structures, are quite impressive. If you have structures on ground, you can move forward; you can compete, you are better placed to introduce more programmes”.
What the government is also doing with the new polytechnics in Sapele, Abigborodo, Aboh and Patani is quite impressive. At Abigborodo, construction workers are battling to take the building beyond the foundation level, which site engineers say is the most critical stage of building in the area due to its swampy nature.
Far beyond the level of work that has been done in Abigborodo, the main building at Sapele Polytechnic located in Elume is fast taking shape. The structures that are being put in place include an entrance gate and arcade; 21 lecture halls; 30 lecturers’ offices; 50-student capacity library and data room; three offices for heads of departments; 18 administrative offices; 18 toilets for staff and 36 for students. The main building, which is a three-floor structure, also has seven staircases. Cornelius Semitoje, Permanent Secretary, Directorate of Special Infrastructure, explained that the fast pace at which construction work is going on at the Sapele Polytechnic is due to the fact that it is the only one among the new polytechnics that is on the upland area. The school is one of the projects being handled by the Directorate of Special Infrastructure.
At a contract sum of N892.58 million for the first phase, the main building also has facilities for physically challenged persons. The second phase of the construction work in the polytechnic will include a 500-capacity lecture theatre. For the polytechnics in Aboh and Patani, the contract sum is the same as Sapele but that of Abigborodo is about N1.25 billion for the first phase due to the difficult nature of the terrain.