Those calling for merger of universities are enemies of Bayelsa, says perm sec From Amos Okioma, Yenagoa
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- On May 9, 2020
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The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education in Bayelsa state, Comrade Walton Liverpool said those clamoring for the merger of existing state owned tertiary institutions are enemies of the state.
The PS made the assertion while speaking to newsmen on the sidelines of clamours in some quarters for the possible merger of some of the newly established universities in the state so as to enable adequate funding of higher education in the state.
But in his reaction, Liverpool noted that the establishment of two additional universities and one polytechnics by the out gone restoration government led by Seriake Dickson was in a right direction.
Describing Bayelsa as one of the academically disadvantaged states in the country, Liverpool, who is the immediate past Executive Secretary of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), said the establishment of more tertiary institutions only underscored the premium attached to education by the state government.
He expressed optimism that the present government led by Senator Douye Diri, which he described as a continuation and consolidation of the restoration government, would not truncate the educational efforts made by the previous administration which the present governor was part of as principal executive secretary.
He said “those calling for the merging of our universities are enemies of progress. The Medical University, Yenagoa, for instance, is a university of its own, having dealings with medical students only.
“The University of Africa, Toru-orua, is an institution of its own with so many faculties and departments. The two are not the same institutions to be merged. If anybody is calling for the schools to be merged, that person is an enemy of Bayelsa state.
He described his relationship as a permanent secretary in Ministry of Education with Governor Douye Diri as very cordial as this could be sustained when given a higher capacity.
He added that as permanent secretary, he restored electricity and flow of water at the ministry of education which were non-functional before he was drafted to the ministry three months ago.