The Rivers State Government has announced a N16.6 billion grant to upgrade facilities at the State University as well as create three new campuses in Ahoada, Emohua, and Etche Local Government Areas.
Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim said N9 billion of that sum will serve as take-off grant for the establishment of new campuses of the State University at the three locations.
N3 billion will be devoted to each of the new campuses for the construction of faculty buildings, hostels, offices, Libraries, auditoriums, lecture halls, and address other needs required for the campuses to operate maximally.
“This is a landmark development in the history of the institution which has maintained one campus since its establishment in October 1980.
“With the establishment of the three campuses, the communities where they are sited will be opened up for consequential development and economic activities. It will reduce the rate of unemployment in the state,” said Nsirim.
He disclosed that N7. 6 billion has been released to enable the College of Medical Sciences to establish the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Faculty of Clinical Sciences and Pathology Building to enable the College commence its programme leading to the award of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.
Nsirim said the gesture will also strengthen the accredited department and the accreditation at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital even as he announced that the State Government has established a scholarship scheme for Rivers indigenes studying at PAMO University of Medical Sciences with a view to boost access to medical education in the state.
Commissioners for Health, Prof. Princewill Chike said with the release of the fund, the College of Medical Sciences can operate as a full-fledged college with all its required programmes running.
According to him, accreditation of departments and programmes will be easy to secure because of the enhanced capacity of the college that already has requisite personnel engaged.
Commissioner for Education, Prof. Kaniye Ebeku said skeptics who thought that Governor Wike was making a mere political statement when he promised to establish three new campuses for the Rivers State University will see that he is walking the talk and noted that the gesture will increase access to education because admission spaces will be opened for more intakes, and those communities hosting the new campuses will enjoy increasing commercial activities and attendant development.