The Delta State Government has expressed worries over the declining revenue generation at the state owned university (DELSU) at Abraka threatening it might be forced to withdraw its monthly subvention to the university.
Engr. Jude Sinebe, the State Commissioner for Higher Education, who spoke on Thursday in Asaba, said that the Delta State University (DELSU) which used to generate N2billion, has declined to N1.6billion, a situation he described as total failure on the part of the University’s Management.
According to him: “it is unfortunate that DELSU has fallen low in revenue generation, it used to be N2billion, at present is N1.6billion, that is a failure on the part of the management of the university, the state government might be forced to withdraw its monthly subvention of N5million, the University is not doing well in the area of revenue generation” adding “no tertiary institution pay a kobo to government rather government provides subvention to higher institutions in the state.
The Commissioner disclosed that the state government had given permission to higher institutions to generate revenue, and spend part of it on running their daily cost, and for embarking on infrastructure development, adding that the state government had spent over N500 million on accreditation of programmes at DELSU and N30 million released for the last convocation in the state.
Engr. Sinebe however assured that the Senate building in the main campus of DELSU, Abraka would be completed soon as fund are released.
On why the name of College of Physical Education, Mosagar was changed to College of Education, Mosogar, the Commissioner explained that it was to make the institution more encompassing, and attractive to prospective students.
On retirement age of a lecturer, the Commissioner said: “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 is 65 years, and other state’s workers 60 years”.
He said that the Registrar and Bursar of the Delta State Polytechnic were disengaged for employment scam, the Commissioner further disclosed that the two officers went about staff employment without getting the approval of the state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa adding: “they did not act in line with the order rather they acted with other civil servants of over 11, the affected officers were asked to resign and forfeit all their retirement entitlements, the measures were to guide against impunity, and deter others from carrying their job without observing the due process”.