In his remarks, the National President of the association, Dr. Markus Okotete hinted that the oil and gas industry provides job opportunities, product marketing and contractor opportunities. He highlighted the advantages of product marketing and serving as a contractor in the oil industry over settling for job opportunities in oil companies.
The National Association of Surface Tank Oil and Gas Retailers of Nigeria were at Western Delta University, Oghara, Delta State on Friday May 26th, 2023 to intimate staff and students of the Institution of business opportunities in the oil and gas industry in Nigeria.
He urged attendees to grab the privilege of the training, guidance and mentorship program that the Association is currently offering to students and interested staff. There were questions and answers section. Goodwill messages also came from members of the Association.
The Guidance and Counselling Unit, Western Delta University recently held a conference with the aforementioned team. The purpose Was to reach students in order to assist them with their social personal challenges, emotional and psychological concerns that may interrupt their focus on their studies. .
A resource person Apostle KOLEOLUWA, president of ( KOLE WORLD OUTREACH ) an outreach that visits schools and universities to guide students and assist them with problem solving skills came from Benin city with his crew .
With his wealth of experience of over 25 years of he spoke to the students on being focused on their studies, the need to delve into critical thinking by having an open mind to learn new skills and build self capacity, stay away from evil vices that most youths engage in, embrace the fear of God in order to prepare for a bright future.
At the end of the conference students came out in groups to talk about their sensitive challenges and they were counselled. The school counselor, Miss Edith Apochi got feed back from several students who desired that such conferences be held periodically .
Western Delta University, Oghara, Delta State held her 15th Founders’ Day ceremony recently. The Master of Ceremony, a renowned media consultant, Mr. Tony Abolo gave the opening remarks and expressed a warm welcome to all in attendance. Thereafter, he introduced the Chairman Board of Trustees, Chancellor, Members of Governing Council, Principal Officers of the University, Dignitaries, Special Guests and invited the Chairman of the event, His Excellency, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, former Governor of Delta State to present his address.
In his opening remarks, Dr. Uduaghan facilitated with Chief James Ibori for ensuring the sustenance of his vision to nurture a vibrant university. He called Western Delta University an investment in human resources. He was of the view that people’s needs vary, and that the road map is not always the same from one political leader to the other, maintaining that higher education is an asset that fosters national development. He pledged his support for the institution.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Augustine Ikelegbe titled his Welcome Address “Taking her place: Western Delta University on the path to greatness.” He informed the audience that Western Delta University has maintained the lead role in the development of students and Universities produce the highest number of human resources, which drives productivity and enhances the economy of any nation. In his opinion, the growth of private universities has brought vibrancy in the Nigeria University system. He highlighted the mission and vision of WDU and harped on the fact that the institution currently has six colleges, twenty-one departments and thirty-six programmes. As at 2021, WDU has produced over one thousand five hundred graduates.
Prof. Oghoator chronicled the history and development of Western Delta University. He said the institution began with just two colleges (Social and Management Sciences as well as Natural and Applied Sciences) and about one hundred and forty-nine pioneer students. Prof. Nathaniel Umukoro read the citation of the founders’ day lecturer, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, former Governor of Ekiti State.
Dr. Kayode Fayemi later delivered the Founders’ Day Lecture with the theme “Sub-National Governance- The Ekiti State Example.” He said governance is about finding real solutions to real problems about real people every single day, maintaining that common people in the society want to see results urgently. He observed that some politicians come to office with an agenda in mind, while others do not have an idea of what to do until their tenure starts running. He opined that good governance should include a development plan of what should be done and how to do it.
Governor Fayemi told the attendees that during his eight years tenure, he had a development plan and made arrangement for alternative budget. This approach he said allowed people to act as volunteers of change. Thus, there was hardly any community that did not witness physical execution of projects. He ensured that all political appointees were committed to their duties and used available resources to accomplish set objectives for the people. As a result, within two years of office, the internally generated revenue of the state rose to one billion naira monthly. He initiated and ran the social security scheme and publicly communicated with the people, a situation that brought to the fore the well articulated needs, desires and wishes of the people. The founders’ day lecturer completed all pending projects of his predecessors and opined that success without a successor is ultimately failure. All of the above he said reduced the poverty level of his people. He urged the Vice-Chancellor to consider incorporating Implementation studies in administration in the programmes offered by the Institution.
On his part, the Visitor to the University, Chief James Ibori thanked Dr. Fayemi for the Founders’ Day lecture and urged politicians to draw the line between partisan politics and their duties to their communities, States and Country. He said Western Delta University was founded as a way of giving back to the community. There were reminiscences by Prof. G.G Darah: Urhobo Advancement Foundation, Pioneer Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Hugbo and Pioneer student, Mrs. Oghenevbaire Ogodo. Special remarks were made by Chairman Board of Trustees, Justice Francis Tabai and a representative of Architect Obong Victor Attah. Awards were presented for distinguished contributions, meritorious service and to distinguished alumni. A new University clinic, Western Delta University Welcome post, Lawn Tennis Court and University Cafeteria were commissioned.
The event was attended by Presidential Candidate, Peter Obi, Chief James Ibori, Ex-Governors, the Pro-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Eghosa Osaghae, former and present National and House of Assembly members, Traditional rulers, staff, students and other dignitaries too numerous to mention. Dignitaries made generous contributions to support further development of the University.
Western Delta University, Oghara, Delta State recently held her 15th Founders’ Day ceremony on April 29, 2023, to reflect on the achievements of the University in the last fifteen years. A highlight of the occasion was the arrival of Labor Party Presidential Candidate for the 2023 elections, Mr. Peter Obi. His presence was greeted with a standing ovation, even as the atmosphere was charged with euphoria to the superlative degree. While addressing those who attended the event, Mr. Peter Obi emphasized the need for youths to be thoroughly educated and identified Western Delta University as a citadel of learning where knowledge is acquired for human advancement. He pledged his support for students of the University.
The Advertisement of the Founders’ Ceremony of Western Delta University, Oghara, Delta State appeared on page 4 of the Vanguard Newspaper of Wednesday 26th April, 2023. The event will hold on April 29, 2023
A One-Day Seminar on Life after School: The Way Forward
Western Delta University held a seminar on the aforementioned team. The seminar was organized by the Guidance and Counseling Unit, Vice Chancellor’s Office. The event is the second in the series to enable graduates of the University to be ready for job opportunities in the labor market or start a business venture.
Resource Persons graced the occasion with their wealth of experience. Mrs. Sharon Ekhemien of the student’s guidance and counseling centre, University of Benin made a presentation on employability and interview skills. She defined employability skills as personal qualities and values that enable an employee to thrive in any work place. She said employability skills can include problem solving, decision making, time management, communication and emotional intelligence skills. She went on to highlight how to become proficient in the above skills, maintaining that to be good at problem solving, students should play games regularly, solve puzzles, never give up on problems and ask lots of questions. She urged the students to be creative, think outside the box and find solutions to issues. She encouraged the future graduates to exhibit time management skills by using available resources very well, set goals, be focused and prioritize. She enumerated and explained helpful job interview tips.
Thereafter, The Vice-Chancellor, represented by Prof. Henry Oghoator admonished the students to be punctual in all their endeavors. He said the essence of the seminar is to help students become successful after graduation so that they can overcome challenges. He encouraged them to ask meaningful questions as the seminar progresses in order to improve their knowledge base.
On his part, Mr. Paul, a business manager, spoke on how students can write breadth taking resume, curriculum vitae after graduation. He also discussed the details involved in planning, writing eye catching business proposals and setting up a business venture. He said a good business should meet a need in the immediate environment, be it services rendered or sale of product(s).
There was question and answer section. In attendance at the event were Final year students of the Institution, Dean of Students, Counselor of the University and some staff of Western Delta University.
Western Delta University, Oghara, Delta State, Nigeria recently held her 16th Orientation/Matriculation ceremony. An orientation program that sensitized students on effective use of library, course registration, proper modes of dressing/grooming, fees payment, the need to make good choice of friends, and to avoid vices like alcohol and drug abuse took place. On the second day of the programme, invited guests took their sits and the academic procession consisting of The Vice-Chancellor, Acting Registrar and other Principal Officers of the University arrived and were seated. Thereafter, The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Augustine Ikelegbe, constituted the Assembly as a congregation of Western Delta University for the 16th Matriculation of the undergraduate students in the 2022/2023 academic session.
Members of Academic Procession were introduced one at a time. This was followed by administration of matriculation oath. All matriculating students from the Colleges of Applied Health Sciences, Computing, Law, Natural and Applied Sciences as well as Social and Management Sciences respectively took the matriculation oath. Two students from each College symbolically signed the matriculation oath. Following that, The Vice-Chancellor was invited to present his address.
In his address, The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Augustine Ikelegbe said that the University environment is a place for building character, acquiring knowledge that will in turn assist students to build competence for advancement and informed the matriculating students that the University also disciplines students to the correct degree. He highlighted the current gains so far recorded by the present administration of the institution, which includes but is not limited to: student’s assessment of Lecturers in a confidential manner, conference marking of examination scripts, introduction of mid semester test, timely release of examination results, construction of a cafeteria, amusement park, clinic, provision of specialized College library services, active free internet wifi system and a computer room dedicated for Lecturer’s research activities.
Prof. Ikelegbe informed the audience that three hundred and forty (340) students matriculated into various programmes of the Institution and urged the undergraduates to see the university as a place to build networks, collaborate and nurture ideas. He said Western Delta University wishes to groom active young minds who are creative, innovative, men and women who will make a difference in the world, students who will harness ideals, take responsibilities, add value to their environment and proffer solutions to societal problems. He opined that there is no short cut to academic success and admonished the students to be hardworking, committed to studies and perform assignments as and when due. He encouraged them to deepen knowledge in their fields of study, acquire practical skills so as to have a competitive edge over their counterparts after graduation. He admonished the students to study the University’s handbook and abide by the rules and regulations of the Institution.
The event had in attendance staff, students, parents, friends and well wishers.