The Rector, Delta State Polytechnic Otefe-Oghara, Prof. Emmanuel Ogujor has been declared as the best Rector the institution has had since its establishment in 2002.
This declaration was made by the Evweya (women) of Otefe-Oghara in Oghara Kingdom, Ethiope West LGA, who sighted outstanding developmental strides and sustained peace at the institution under his watch.
The colourfully dressed women were at the school Wednesday, July 28, to appreciate Prof Ogujor with various food items in demonstration of their gratitude over the Rector’s results-oriented leadership which has positively impacted not just the polytechnic but the entire host community.
Otefe-Oghara is hometown of former Delta governor, Chief James Onanefe Ibori who established the polytechnic along with two others across all three Delta senatorial districts under his administration in 2002.
The women were received by the Rector and principal staff of the polytechnic including the Deputy Rector, Dr. Felix Egboro; Registrar, Lawrence Mudiaga Umukoro; Polytechnic Bursar, Lucas Onorigho; Librarian, Dr. (Mrs.) Akporhonor Amina, Former Deputy Rector, Joseph Ufuoma Nana and Dean of Students Affairs, Mr Samuel Enudi.
The women who danced from the centre of the community in Urhobo praise songs to the school premises commended the Rector and his management for improving the image of the school through building of enduring infrastructures, promotion of academic excellence and sustained peace on campus.
Spokesperson for the women, Grace Agogo, stated on the occasion that, “We’re here to appreciate our son and Rector of our polytechnic for what he has been doing in the school. He’s the best Rector we have seen. We, Evweya of Otefe-Oghara, decided to dance here today to appreciate him and his team. We have never done this to any previous Rector.
“Over the last four years, the community has been enjoying peace with the students. When someone is doing what is right and good, it’s good to appreciate the person. Though we are old, we are not blind. We are seeing the development taking place within the school.
“We thank our governor (Senator) Ifeanyi Okowa for appointing him. When his (Ogujor’s) tenure is over we want his kind of person to continue.”
They further lauded the Rector and his management team for ensuring quality infrastructural development as well as the establishment of water factory within the community.
Senior Special Assistant (Special Duties) to Governor Okowa and an Oghara elite, Chief Duncan Ewhere, corroborated that Oghara people were pleased with the performance of Prof Ogujor as Rector of the polytechnic.
Chief Ewhere said “Oghara people are very hospitable people. This is historic because Evweya (women) have never done this in the history of the school. It shows they are happy with the way you’re running the affairs of the school. Aside the women, Oghara people are happy and we commend you for what you are doing.”
Responding, an elated Rector, Prof Ogujor, thanked the women for the visit, and commended them for their continued support and prayers for the growth of the school.
He attributed the development recorded so far in the school during his over four years to the collaboration of management staff as well as the support of the administration Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to the polytechnic.
Flanked by his mother, Madam Rebecca Ogujor, the Rector also commended former Governor James Ibori, Ovie of Oghara and the people of Oghara for the immense contribution relative peace and development taking place in the school.
Highlights of the ceremony include prayers by the Otefe-Oghara women for the Rector and management of the school as well as the presentation of the gifts which included tubers of yam, plantains and three bags of garri.