PROFESSOR JAMES OVRI-2003-2007 (Pioneering Development Efforts)
Prof. J.E.O. Ovri was the pioneer rector: he faced the herculean task of laying the infrastructural and academic foundation of the Delta State Polytechnic Ogwashi-Uku. Despite the challenges of the task, he not only ensured the physical expansion of the institution, but also midwifed the establishment and accreditation of new programmes in the polytechnic. Under his administration, the polytechnic moved the institution from the rented former D.P.P.S building to what is now known as Campus B, Campus C and the Permanent site. The relocation of the school is a testament of the rector’s vision, and proactiveness. Aside these, it involved considerable repairs and refurnishing of the old buildings that had been abandoned for decades. Again new buildings which now constitute part of Office Technology Management (OTM) and Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) were constructed. In the academic sphere, Prof. Ovri ensured that the institution maintained very high standard. Under his stewardship, the polytechnic successfully expanded its NBTE approved programmes from the initial three to six. The programmes were not only approved but listed in the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). The programmes include Accountancy (code-59972A), Business Administration (code-59975k), Fashion Design and Clothing Technology (5996G), Catering and Hotel Management (code-59977C), Mechanical Engineering (code-59978J) and Welding and Fabrication (code-59979F). At the end of the rector’s tenure, the polytechnic was already set on the path of academic excellence.
Mr AkajagborJ.U assumed duties as acting Rector at the expiration of Prof. Ovri’s tenure. As acting Rector, Mr Akajagbor consolidated on the programmes and vision of his boss. It is on record, that Mr Akajagbor oversaw the relocation of the rectory to the permanent site. More importantly, Mr Akajagbor continued with the expansion of academic programmes of the polytechnic by successfully piloting the successful accreditation of Mass Communication and Fine Art.
PROFESSOR ANDY EGWUNYENGA(2007–2011)
The appointment of Prof. Andy Egwunyenga in August 2007 as Rector of Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku began a new era in the annals of the institution. Like his predecessor, Prof Egwunyenga recognised the need to develop the polytechnic’s academic, and infrastructure.
In the academic front, the polytechnic organized training seminars for staff. More importantly, Professor Egwunyenga expanded the programmes available in the Polytechnic by successfully securing accreditation for HND programmes in Accountancy, Fashion Design and Clothing Technology, Hospitality and Tourism Management, and ND in Computer Science as well as Maths and Statistics. Furthermore, accreditation visitations were made for the following programmes: National Diploma Programmes in Science Laboratory Technology: Tourism: Textile Technology and Insurance. The Higher National Diploma Programmes (HND): Business Administration: Mass Communication: Sculpture, Graphics and Painting. The Polytechnic also created a school of part time studies not just to boost internally generated revenue but to afford aspiring student the opportunity of acquiring polytechnic education.
In an attempt to secure the institution, Prof Egwunyenga constructed a fence from one end of the institution to the other with the school gate properly tucked at the middle. An upgrade and re-equipping of certain departments like department of hotel and tourism management, department of welding and fabrication, and the school library to NBTE standards was carried out. Besides, the polytechnic under the management of Prof Egwunyenga commenced the construction of Lecture Hall complex a building made up of four large classrooms and about 18 offices. The Polytechnic was also a beneficiary of AGIP and TETFUND infrastructural projects, like the ICT building, the AGIP halls among others. Part of the institution was also landscaped. In furtherance of the Polytechnic goal of educating its graduate in job creation, Prof. Egwunyenga successfully initiated the establishment of Student’s Resource and Entrepreneurial Development Centre. At the end of his tenure, Pro Egwunyenga had forever left his imprints in the annals of the polytechnic. Mr Oseafiana as deputy rector began to function as the Acting Rector. As acting Rector, Mr Steve Oseafiana consolidated the gains under Professor Egwunyenga.
DR. MRS. EDNA NNEKA MOGEKWU (Personal Profile)
Dr Mrs Edna Mogekwu hails from Ogwashi-Uku in Aniocha South local government area of Delta State. She started her primary school at Government School Agbor and finished at Nnabuwa Primary School, Ogwashi-Uku. She thereafter wrote her Cambridge at Our Lady of Apostles (Maryway), Ibadan and her Higher School Certificate Examination at Ibadan Grammar School.
She proceeded to Boston University in the U.S. on a Federal Government Scholarship to study in Business Administration. After her first degree, she enrolled for a Master degree in Public Management at the prestigious University of Massachusetts. In 1982, she returned to Nigeria to participate in the National Youth Service Corp. Soon after her one year service at the International Beer and Beverages Industries (IBBI) Ltd she was joined the services of Kaduna Polytechnic as a Lecturer. At Kaduna Polytechnic She was appointed Head of Department of Business Studies. As Head of Department, she led her Department to develop the HND Curriculum in Human Resource Management (HRM) and Production Operations Management. Thus Kaduna Polytechnic became the first Polytechnic to introduce and run these Programmes nationally through the NBTE. In recognition of her excellence service, she was appointed Dean School of business where she again distinguished herself. When her term expired, she was appointed Academic Director where she managed a student population of 25,000 and staff strength of 700 (Academic and Non Academic) from 2003 to 2008. During her tenure as the Academic Director of the College, she not only managed sixteen (16) Departments effectively but ensured the introduction and accreditation of several new programmes.
In 2008, she was obtained a doctorate degree in Management from University of Nigeria. Dr Mogekwu and is a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants, Corporate Administrators of Nigeria, a full member of NIM and many other Professional bodies. She has served as a member of various Governing Councils in State, Federal and Professional Agencies. She has several publications and numerous National Conference papers to her credit and has won many national and international awards amongst which are:
- African International Achievers’ Merit Award
- Vision Africa Ghana 2006/2007: Outstanding African Woman Nation Builder’s Gold Award
- Grand Award for Productivity in Africa
- Woman of Merit Gold Award
- Distinguished Service Merit Award for Excellence
Management under the leadership of Dr. (Mrs) Edna Nneka Mogekwu has brought new competencies to bear on educational administration amidst challenges of paucity of funds and even so, infrastructural and human capital development has taken the pride of place in the Institution. As an expanding Institution, new infrastructure are been built, new departments have been introduced with permission from the regulatory agency (National Board for Technical Education) and as a moral beacon, disciplinary measures have been taken against erring staff and students.