RSU To Start Etche, Emohua, Ahoada Campuses
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike said funds have been appropriated in the 2021 budget for the provision of infrastructure and commencement of academic activities in the three new campuses of the Rivers State University in Emohua, Ahoada and Etche Local Government Areas of the State.
Governor Wike in his address at the 32nd Convocation and 40th Anniversary of the Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, Tuesday, said for the universities to be reckoned internationally as serious citadels of learning, creativity and innovation, stakeholders must find the means to address the problem of declining quality of graduates.
Governor Wike said his administration has completed and equipped long-abandoned buildings of Faculties of Environmental Sciences, Management Sciences, Technical and Science Education, and Law in the University, adding that his administration also established a College of Medical Sciences for the institution and approved the conversion of the Braithwaite Memorial Hospital to the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital as a first-rate teaching hospital.
Governor Wike congratulated His Royal Highness, Hon. Justice Sidi Bage (rtd), Emir of Lafia and Chairman, Nasarawa State Council of Chiefs, on his appointment and investiture as the new Chancellor of the University.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof Nlerum Okogbule, disclosed that a total of 5486 graduands were certified to be worthy in character and in learning. Among them, are 34 students who bagged first class and 209 Doctor of Philosophy.
He commended the governor for appointing Justice Bage as the 4th Chancellor and expressed hope that his wealth of experience will greatly impact on the running of the affairs of the institution.
Justice Bage (rtd.) thanked Governor Wike for counting him worthy to be Chancellor of the University and assured him that he will use the opportunity to advance the frontiers the rich impartation of knowledge for which the institution is reputed.
The Pro-Chancellor, Hon Justice Iche N. Ndu (rtd) said Governor Wike will be remembered for his monumental feat in initiating the College of Medical Sciences of the University and recruiting some of the best brains in medical field to run the college.