The Western Delta University (WDU) in Oghara, Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State has granted full license to to operate as a private university by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
According to the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Austin Asagba, the university has been operating on a provisional license granted in 2007 until August 13, this
year to meet the higher education needs of the people in the Niger Delta in particular, and the country in general.
While speaking to newsmen at the temporary site of the institution, the VC said, “We will never lose sight of our mission and vision to our people in the Niger Delta. We have repositioned ourselves because the full license has galvanized us to knowing that we have a responsibility to our people in the Niger Delta area and the country as a whole.
“We have come up with a new plans in terms of what we are going to do next, and luckily we are expanding quickly. We have two new colleges that are coming which are colleges of humanities and law.
“The two new colleges will complement the existing two colleges, that is College of Natural and Applied Sciences and College of Social and Management Sciences. We are going to expand in terms of population, innovation and ideas.
“We are coming with a new strategy where higher education is functional and serviceable to the local community. We are not just special in terms of our academic contents but the in terms of the nurturing strategies that we are putting in place,”
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He assured that the institution will start operating from its permanent site by March next year as work there has reached advanced stages.
He gave the current student population as 1,500, adding with the introduction of the two colleges, the population would likely increase to 2,500.