Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi
By Ernest Chinwo
Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has said his administration would sanitise the state’s education sector to ensure production of quality graduates.
He also reaffirmed his administration’s readiness to fully support all state-owned academic institutions to provide quality education.
Amaechi made the disclosure at the 24th Convocation Ceremony of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RUST), Port Harcourt at the weekend.
He said his administration would continue to strive to provide a conducive atmosphere that will enhance academic excellence.
“Let me reiterate the commitment of the Rivers State Government to provide a conducive teaching and learning environment in the face of competing needs, but in return, government would expect the highest teaching standards and vigorous research that are the hallmarks of great institutions. We reassure you of our determination to sanitise our educational sector and make our institutions of learning world class and envy of all,” he said.
While promising his government commitment to expedite action on both the senate and faculty of law buildings of the university, Amaechi lauded the school’s management for her firm visionary leadership especially in breaking the jinx of non accreditation of courses.
According to him, “on its part, government commits to expediting action on both the faculty of law and the senate buildings.
“This, as you know is an interim measure as we are working assiduously to ensure the completion of some of the initial structures at the new campus of this university.
“We must commend the university and commitment of the management, faculty and students of this university, especially the resolute and visionary leadership of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. B. B. Fakae who not only broke the jinx of non accreditation of courses in the university but was also able to clear the backlog of students that needed to graduate,” he said.
Amaechi also congratulated the graduates urging them to be torch lights of the society, “Ideas rule the world, hence this convocation is an indication of the seriousness and commitment you have shown to your studies. Bring the same to bear as you go to the outside world,” he admonished.
Earlier, the Pro-Chancellor of the university, Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte, had stated that the institution was undergoing drastic changes, and expressed appreciation to the Governor for providing the moral and financial support to the Governing Council.
Equally, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Barineme Fakae, said the convocation was coming six months after the last one last year to clear the backlog of 2010 to 2011, while promising that the next convocation would come up next year.
About 3,541 graduands received graduate certificates, postgraduate diplomas and higher degrees in various specialisations.
Also, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs Odein Ajumogobia (SAN) received an honorary doctorate degree (honoris causa) in law.