Two study centres of the National Open University (NOUN) in Delta State last weekend got permanent sites when Deputy Governor, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro, performed the foundation laying of the permanent study centre in Emevor, in Isoko North Local Council as well as the center at Owhrode,Udu Local government council of the state.
Otuaro said the study centres became necessary following the growth of students population since 2014, from 150 to 1287.
He stressed that the centre was in line with the state government’s SMART agenda, which gives priority to education because of its ability to cause a change.
According to him, government officials and eminent personalities from within and outside Isokoland pledged to contribute to the project’s completion.
The NOUN Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu, commended the state government for identifying with the project and demonstrating interest in open and distant learning system.
He said the foundation laying was a great testimony to the high premium, which the people of Emevor placed on education, as well as their willingness to commit resources to the realisation of their aspiration.
He promised that the NOUN management would continue to assist the centre to grow in all ramifications.
Emeritus Professor and member of the NOUN governing council, Prof. Godwin Sogolo, who facilitated the emergence of the centre commended the project.
Sogolo said the idea to establish the centre began in 2012 during the launch of his book, Nigeria Yesterday, Today, when an Emevor indigene suggested its establishment.
“What we have done is the evidence of our interest in education and our own zeal to contribute communally.
Sogolo explained that the NOUN has almost 100 study centres and personnel, which subvention from the Federal Government is not sufficient to meet.
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