Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
RIVERS State House of Assembly on Monday passed into law a bill seeking to rename the Rivers State University of Science and Technology.
Upon the passage of the law on the plenary of house the state owned institution would be known as Rivers State University.
Deliberating on the bill, the house agreed that the decision was for the institution to reflect the through nature of the university.
Speaking before the passage, the speaker of the House, Hon. Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, said with the attribute of Science and Technology that some courses that are not in both fields suffer.
Ibani said with the new status given to the university that all the causes offered in the institution would be reflected.
He said the name that captures Science and Technology does not show that the institution offers courses in law and arts.
Ibani put the Committee’s report to vote, which was met with an overwhelming yes ( to the change in nomenclature) and subsequently passed into law.
Ibani said the law would be sent to the governor of the state, Chief Nyesom Wike, for executive ascent before it would be given full status.
Meanwhile the house commended the House Committee Chairman on Education headed by Mr. Farah Dagogo for doing a thorough committee report on the Rivers State University of Science and Technology bill 2017 that necessitated the change in name.
The committee had in its report among other things recommended that the name of the institution be changed in order not to disobey the directive of the National Universities Commission, NUC.
NUC had directed that universities adhere strictly to their core areas of mandate or risk being de-accredited.
In the report to the house Dagogo had warned that if the House failed to act, the state university may lose courses such as law, political science, Mass Communication, Banking and Finance.
Dagogo had also noted that that the university can take the opportunity of the change of name to expand the scope of the institution and make it all encompassing.
Members of both the majority Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and minority All Progressives Congress, APC, in the House were in agreement that the change of name is paramount.