Why Governor Sheriff Oborevwori Must Extend Universities to Delta’s Riverine Communities

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By GbaramatuVoice Editorial Board

In Delta State, the disparity in access to higher education between upland and riverine communities remains a glaring issue that demands urgent attention. While the state boasts numerous universities and polytechnics predominantly located in upland areas, many riverine communities such as Ogulagha, Bomadi, Burutu, Gbaramatu, Patani, Ogbe-Ijoh, Egbema and Ugborodo are left underserved and disadvantaged.

It is high time for the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Emomotimi Guwor, to collaborate with Executive Governor Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori to address this imbalance. Specifically, there is a pressing need to relocate some university faculties to these marginalized riverine communities, where access to higher education is severely limited.

Currently, students from these riverine areas are forced to undertake arduous journeys, often crossing rivers, to access universities or polytechnics located in upland areas. This geographical barrier not only poses logistical challenges but also contributes to the educational marginalization of riverine youths.

By strategically relocating university faculties to riverine communities, we can enhance educational opportunities and empower students from these underserved regions. This initiative would not only promote inclusivity but also foster socio-economic development in the neglected riverine areas.

Moreover, decentralizing higher education facilities will alleviate the burden on existing universities in upland areas, thereby reducing overcrowding and enhancing the quality of education provided.

It is imperative that the government prioritizes equity and accessibility in education, ensuring that every citizen, regardless of geographical location, has the opportunity to pursue higher education close to home. This move aligns with the government’s commitment to promoting inclusive development and bridging the education gap between different regions of the state.

In conclusion, the time has come for decisive action to address the unequal distribution of higher education facilities in Delta State. By relocating university faculties to riverine communities, we can pave the way for a more equitable and prosperous future, where every student has the opportunity to fulfill their academic potential.

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