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University Don Urges Continuity Of Delta Beyond Oil Initiative

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Delta State Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan introduced the
Delta Beyond Oil initiative, in a bid to diversify the economy
of the oil-rich state and guarantee further development.
A university don in the Faculty of Agriculture, Delta State
University, Abraka, Dr. Theophilus Opkidi, has however
tasked the next government that takes over from Uduaghan
to make sure that it sustained the initiative.
Opkidi, who is also the Managing Director of DELSU
Investment Limited, an independent arm of the university
responsible for private investments, said that with the
dwindling international price of crude oil, the state and the
country could no longer rely on crude oil for survival, except
through such an initiative as the Delta Beyond Oil.
“It is for the reason of self sustenance that my university
asked me to set up the DELSU Investment Ltd. We started
with just N5 million but today that arm is worth N400
million. I am sure the state governor saw the growth there
and that must have made it possible for him to direct me to
revamp the earlier moribund Songhai Delta Farm, which is at
Ovwore axis of Amukpe-Sapele,” he said.

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