By Okazu Powers
The Rivers State University (RSU) formerly known as the “Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST)” Port Harcourt was established in October, 1980 from the Rivers State College of Science and Technology which was itself established in 1972. It is located at Nkpolu-Oroworukwo in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, Nigeria. It is the first Technological University in Nigeria and the first state owned State University in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
Under the Nyesom Wike led Administration, The University has witnessed a Revolution in Visionary Leadership, Infrastructural and Geographical Spread in line with the vision of her founding fathers.
Firstly, It was the Revolutionary Transformation and Building of a Befitting Faculty of Law in the school where the Governor assured the students of the Best Legal Education available.
The new Law Faculty Complex has a 1200 seater auditorium, an electronic and manual library, moot courts, offices and classrooms.
In 2017, The Governor proceeded in the change of name of the University as The Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST) could no longer stand the test of time. The name of the University and its mandate, which tilted towards technology, has excluded many who would have desired to gain admission into the University; as the National Universities Commission, NUC, asked universities to focus on their area of specialisation. By this name , all restrictions, limitations and hindrances would have been removed.
Hon. Farah Dagogo, who was also the lawmaker representing Degema Constituency in the State Assembly, sponsored the Bill for the Change of name of the University from The Rivers State University of Science and Technology(RSUST) to the ‘Rivers state University’ (RSU) where He stressed that the state has a lot to lose if the name is not changed.
On the 29th convocation of the university held on April 1st, 2017, The Executive Governor informed the people about the change of name of the University.
The governor said, ” Today, Saturday, April 1, 2017 will be the last day that this institution would be known as Rivers State University of Science and Technology as her change of name passed by the Rivers State House of Assembly will take effect from today. The university will henceforth be known as “Rivers State University”.
This opened up the University for a plethora of Developmental strides as the University became a construction site with construction going on, Left, Right and Center.
First, It was the Faculty of Management Sciences and the Faculty of Environmental Science. The Two Gigantic and Massive structures were built and equipped simultaneously.
Each of the buildings consisted of over 70 offices and over 30 lecture theatres with a capacity of 300 students.
They also came with two main lecture theatres with a capacity of 1,000 each.
This project is not only a dream come true for the university but an immeasurable Investment in Education by the Executive Governor of Rivers State.
The Faculty of Technical and Science Education followed with over 70 offices and over 30 lecture theatres with a capacity of 300 students.
The building also has two main lecture theatres with a capacity of 1,000 each.
To be Continued…
Okazu Powers, a political commentator and analyst, writes from Port Harcourt, Rivers State.