L-R: Vice Chancellor, University of Benin (UNIBEN), Prof. Lilian Salami; Tor Tiv and UNIBEN Chancellor, His Royal Majesty Orcivirigh Prof. James Ortese Iorzua Ayatse; Dr. Thomas Segun Ilube; Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, and Pro–Chancellor, UNIBEN, Dr. Sonny Kuku, during during the 46th and 47th convocation ceremony of UNBEN, in Benin City, on Saturday, November 27, 2021.
|Universities are key to development, says Edo governor
By Valentine Amanze
The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has assured that his government would continue to support tertiary institutions in the state to effectively play their roles in the development of the state and country.
Obaseki, who spoke during the 46th and 47th convocation ceremony of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), described as key, the role of universities in driving development in any society.
He pointed out that universities nurture a crop of thinkers and innovators who birth ideas that drive societal growth, development and prosperity.
He said: “A university is charged with a very critical mandate of grooming human capital and refining youths to such a level that they are well equipped to enhance other factors of production to engender sustainable development.
“We are conscious, as a government, to sustain the role of the university in driving economic growth and advancement. This has been taken into consideration as we design the 30-year developmental plan for Edo State, which will be the blueprint that provides direction for intentional and targeted growth across all sectors of development in our state over the next three decades.
“In this plan, we are very particular in transforming our state to an educational hub. We currently host the largest concentration of higher educational institutions in the South-South of Nigeria. Our commitment to supporting these institutions to reach the peak of their growth and impact on society is not hindered by virtue of their ownership status.
“It doesn’t matter to us if they are federal, state or privately-owned institutions, as long as we see them forming critical eco-system of knowledge to produce human capacity that will drive economic growth in our state.”