– Prominent politician, Timi Alaibe has tasked the Niger Delta University on the need for self-funding
– Alaibe also asked the university management to ensure that its leadership is made up of people with big ideas and thoughts
– Alaibe is a former governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party in Bayelsa state
A former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Timi Alaibe has tasked the leadership, alumni, and other stakeholders of the Niger Delta University (NDU) Amassoma to ensure that the university achieves self-sufficiency in its funding status.
Mr. Alaibe also demanded that the university adopts a leadership that is sufficiently radical in thoughts, ideas and uniquely equipped to shift the development paradigm of the university.
Making the demands in his goodwill message to the university at its 20th anniversary on Wednesday, January 20 and seen by Legit.ng.
The prominent politician bemoaned the NDU’s current dependence on the state government for funding of infrastructure, academic programmes and research development.
According to him, it is not sustainable and could be a source of frustration in the near future.
He, therefore, urged the University’s alumni to constitute a committee that will partner and collaborate with the private sector, foundations and philanthropists/public-spirited individuals to attract donations of funds, equipment and infrastructure.
“I will advise you be strategic in approach, constitute an alumni committee, and vigorously work to support the university to surmount the tough challenges of raising the appropriate funds needed to deliver high-quality education and research capabilities.
“When inaugurated, such a committee will be charged with the responsibility of establishing relationships and partnerships with various International foundations and devise structured ways of fundraising.
“This alumni committee will assist the university to formulate a five to ten-year strategic plan, which will form the basis for approaching private sector organisations, foundations and philanthropists/public-spirited individuals for support.”
“The golden rule is that you do not go asking for funds without indicating the potential areas of utilisation.
The former NDDC MD also emphasized the need for the university to adopt a leadership that will think out of the box without ethnic or tribal interests.
Meanwhile, civil society organisation, Yiaga Africa has called on government at all levels to ensure that its policies and decisions are youth and gender-responsive, saying there is a need for consistent engagement with the government not just at the federal level but at the state level.
Director of Programmes, Yiaga Africa, Cynthia Mbamalu said this during a Live Virtual Studio Citizens Townhall on Youth Responsive Service Delivery and Development organized by the organisation.
Similarly, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has stated that his administration took the empowerment of youths seriously because of their belief that the engagement of young people would engender peace in the state.
He stated that his administration was doing a lot in skill acquisition because he believes that no amount of projects will bring peace to the communities if the youths and women were not gainfully engaged.
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