Delta Poly new Rector, Prof. Ufuophu-Biri hints at institution’s development

By Joseph Obukata, Warri

The new rector of Delta State Polytechnic Otefe-Oghara, Professor Emmanuel Ufuophu-Biri has given graphic details on how he intends to develop teaching during his five-year tenure at the institution.

Ufuophu-Biri spoke at the weekend after his official welcoming ceremony as the institution’s new rector at Chief James Onanefe Ibori Auditorium, Otefe-Oghara, Delta State.

The rector who took over the mantle a few days ago after the term of the former rector, Professor Emmanuel Apoyi-Ogujor, said his administration will be based on the welfare of students and staff.

“I will meet with different bodies within the institutions so that we can interact on the welfare of staff and students.

“A well-motivated staff is more active in the work and will lead to better productivity. I want staff who will interact with the international community.

“Why do you think they say some schools are the best or they are better than others? They are considered the best, because of the quality of staff they have.

“When you don’t have good staff, you can’t have the best students. Thus, students should always see staff as father and mother figures.

Ufuophu-Biri, who was a professor of mass communication and journalism at Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka, said he would leverage his contacts as a pioneer and alumnus of the University Brown, International Institute for Advanced Research (BIATI) Providence Rhode Island, USA, to raise the level of the institution to the international level as a policy orientation.

He said ICT training for students and staff would be taken seriously while enforcing discipline among students and staff.

“I will discuss with the Dean of Students to occasionally take students out of the country to see how things are going outside the country.”

Speaking on how he intends to enforce discipline, Ufuophu-Biri said no student will be expelled and no staff member will be fired as it tends to improve the mutual relationship between staff and students.

Concerning the motivation of the staff on personal development and the granting of promotions on the due date, he stated that a motivated staff is more effective in carrying out the work and producing good results.

Although he said his tenure would not see hardiness in any student, however, he said discipline would be taken seriously and with lofty measures.

“We will take discipline very seriously. By the grace of God, no student will be expelled or suspended. What I mean by that is that all students will follow the rules; because if you don’t follow the rules, the rules apply.

“No staff will be fired, reprimanded or fired. I want to see more speakers promoted. Once you are due for promotion, you will be promoted. We are not here to take bread away from you,” he repeated.

Professor Ufuohu-Biri urged professors to strive to give students the maximum attention they deserve, saying that the foundation of any institution rests on the existence of students.

“Teachers should not yell at students; this is what I have supported as Vice Dean of Students and Head of Department. When you travel outside of this country or run a private university, you will know the importance of students.

“When the government says they can’t pay the salaries and you have to generate your money yourself, that’s when you’ll know the more students you have, the more money you make .

“If a student is doing something wrong, try to understand the psychology of that student. Has he paid a fee, is he hungry, is he under the influence of drugs, try to check his balance psychological.

“Respect being mutual and reciprocal, students and staff should do well to respect each other. As a student, a staff yells at you because of social responsibility. It is believed that if you know what is right, you will do what is right.

“A staff that sees you doing bad things and refuses to correct you will lead you into darkness.

“Staff have the right to reprimand and correct you. Students, you must respect each other. Correction is like surgery, sometimes it’s better to do it in secret.

‘And also a student, if a lecturer walks into the class and has made a mistake, don’t laugh at him or make fun of him. Once there is mutual understanding between students and teachers, there will be peace. Without your speakers, there is no you,” he postulated.

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