December 11, 2022
Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has been conferred with the Honorary Doctor of Law Degree (Honoris Causa) by the Rivers State University (RSU).
The governor, who donated N1bn to the school, called for a change in the educational standard, insisting that the RSU must benchmark its academic programmes to meet global demands.
Wike, who spoke in Port Harcourt at the 34th Convocation of RSU on Saturday in Port Harcourt, said his administration had invested funds generously to improve infrastructure in the school and establish faculties particularly the College of Medical Sciences.
Wike recalled that at the inception of his administration, he constituted the Governing Council of the institution and charged them to develop the blueprint that would engender sustainable transformation in the university.
He explained that his administration also resolved the lingering strike of the academic staff and recalled the staff unjustly dismissed for union activities by the previous government.
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The governor said the action he took within his first two weeks in office restored industrial harmony to the institution.
“Third, we immediately started tackling the university’s infrastructural challenges, one after the other. We completed, furnished and commissioned the long-abandoned Faculty of Law complex within our first 100 days in office.”
Wike also stated that his administration completed the Faculty of Management Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technical Education, and Faculty of Environment Sciences within the second year of his administration.
The governor said he started and completed the Senate Building in his third year in office and the College of Medical Sciences buildings in his fourth year in office
He said: “We also built the Basic Clinical Science and the Department of Clinical Sciences buildings, which were commissioned last week as components of the Medical College. We then transformed the former Braithwaite Memorial Hospital into the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital with the state of the art equipment.”
Wike remarked that the relatively new College of Medical Sciences of the university was on its way to becoming one of the country’s best medical schools as declared by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.
Wike said his administration also restored the multi-campus structure of the university that was cancelled by the military, adding that the campuses are located in Ahoada(East) Emohua, Etche, Sapkenwa; (Tai) Local Government Areas, fully equipped with faculty and administrative buildings, staff quarters and will commence academic activities soon.
He said: “A few weeks ago, we authorised the management to engage 1355 new academic and non-academic staff to resolve the staff shortfalls occasioned by retirements, resignations, and the establishment of new academic departments and centres.”
Wike said as the Visitor to the institution, he was satisfied with what had been accomplished with his administration’s investments over the last seven and half years.
Wike said the N1bn donation to RSU was to enable the management cater to the needs of the multi-campuses.