Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Government has promised to ensure full accreditation of all courses at the State college of Health Science and Technology.
The Governor made the promise in line with his “New Vision Agenda” to upgrade the college in facilities and accreditation of courses, while speaking at the 15th convocation ceremony of the school at Rumueme, Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital.
Governor Nyesom Wike who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Kenneth Kobani emphasized that his administration is fully committed to developing education as key empowerment machinery for the citizenry.
Wike said he will fulfill all the promises made to the school in order to take the Institution to a greater height while commending the School Authority for their concerted effort in bringing the institution to an enviable height despite its numerous challenges.
He congratulated the Deputy Governor, Dr. Mrs. Ipalibo Harry Banigo and Dr. Nnanna Onyekwere for the awards conferred on them, describing them as role models and called on the graduands to be good ambassadors of the school and state at large.
The Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. Mrs. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, who was represented by her Senior Special Assistant on Administration, Barr. Gilbert Nria, said the state government will continue to provide conducive environment for education to strive and for people of the state to explore their potentials.
Dr. Banigo said Governor Wike is bent on “revolutionizing education in the State through the re-introduction of boarding system, provision of adequate educational facilities and increased budgetary allocation.”
She stressed the need to restructure the training programmes of the College so that graduands can be self-employed while admonishing them to uphold the tenants of the College which is the enhancement of health and well-being of the people of the State.
“Today marks the beginning of a carrier that can take you to places. The decision you take today can make or mar your future. It can throw you up and also bring you down. I implore you to make a right choice that will not only benefit you and your immediate family but the Society at large.”
Also speaking at the occasion, the Acting Provost of the college, Dr. Nnamdi Amadi said the College has resolved to work towards exploring strategies to improve its teaching methodologies and technical skills of academic staff for the benefit of students.
He said this will be achieved through exchange programmes and sponsorship of conferences and called on the State Government to look into the challenges faced by the college.
Amadi also appealed to the State Government to revisit the policy of retirement age for academic staff and replace ageing infrastructure.
(Senior Special Assistant on Administration to the Deputy Governor, Barr. Gilbert Nria receiving an Award of fellows of the Rivers State College of Health Science and Technology on behalf of Her Excellency from the Acting Provost of the College, Dr. Nanmdi Amadi while the Registrar Mrs. Patricia Lawson Watches on at the 15th Convocation Ceremony of the College in Port Harcourt.)