The Delta State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has taken a swipe at Governor Ifeanyi Okowa over his alleged plan to privatise the three recently established universities in the state.
Okowa had among other reasons established the three universities at Asaba, Agbor and Ozoro to cushion the yearly challenge faced by majority of qualified students from the state who seek for university admissions.
In a communique on Thursday after its state Congress in Asaba, the NUJ Delta said, “The union frowned at the proposed public private partnership being recommended by the Prof. Patrick Muoboghare-led management committee for the running of the newly created universities, as this would discourage easy access to university education by qualified Deltans, thereby defeating the main purpose of establishing the universities in Anwai, Agbor and Ozoro.
“Also, adopting a PPP model might lead to job loss for existing academic and non-academic staff, thereby increasing the alarming rate of unemployment in the state.”
The communique was signed by Chairman, NUJ Delta, Comrade Michael ikeogwu and Comrade Patrick Ochei, Secretary.