Lawmaker Urges Action on Delta’s Exclusion from Tertiary Institution Councils

By Chuks Peter, DELTA

The Member representing Ughelli North, Ughelli South, and Udu Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Francis Ejiroghene Waive, has expressed dismay over the significant marginalisation of Delta State in the recent composition of Governing Councils of tertiary institutions in the country.

In a letter addressed to the Honourable Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, Waive, who is Chairman of the House Committee on Rules and Business, highlighted that out of a total of 560 available positions, only four were allocated to Delta State.

Furthermore, his constituency and the Delta Central Senatorial District were entirely excluded.

The letter, dated June 15, 2024, and titled “COMPLAINT ON GROSS MARGINALIZATION OF DELTA STATE IN COMPOSITION OF COUNCILS OF TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS,” read in part:

“I write on behalf of my constituents and indeed our Senatorial District that was completely left out in the recent composition of Governing Councils of Tertiary Institutions in the country.

“The constitutional requirement of Federal Character was completely ignored as Delta State got only four out of the 560 positions from among the thirty-six states.

“Indeed, my constituency and our Senatorial District were completely left out among the 109 Senatorial Districts and 360 Federal Constituencies in the country.

“The pressure from our people as a result of this gross injustice is immense and rightly so.

“I plead with you to use your good offices to rectify this anomaly as quickly as possible to give my people a sense of belonging to the Federal Republic…”

Waive’s letter underscores the perceived injustice felt by the people of Delta State, particularly in the Delta Central Senatorial District and his constituency.

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