Upgrading RSCOE To University A Good Omen – COEASU Boss


University education has been described as an instrument for self reliance and a catalyst to national development world wide.
The assertion which was made by the chairman of the Rivers State College of Education Academic Staff Union, (COEASU) Rivers State branch, Dr. Ugochukwu Agi, in Port Harcourt was in reaction to the recent upgrading of Rivers State College of Education to a University Status.
The University don, maintained that the approval of the college to a university by the Rivers State Governor Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, is one of the remarkable achievements to his two years in office as a Governor of Rivers State.
The chairman of the COEASU, described the passage of the bill into a law of the college to a university by the Rivers State House of Assembly under the able leadership of Rt. Hon. Tonye Harry, as one of the best things that has happened recently in Rivers State educational industry.
The union leader, who was full of praises for the new University of Education in Rivers State said that the university will be beneficial to Rivers citizens, Nigerians and other people from various countries in the world.
According to him, it will also bring an end to the academic slavery suffered in the old era when University of Ibadan was the final arbiter to decisions, policies and programmes of the then Rivers State College of Education, Port Harcourt, because of the affiliation to the university.
The comrade was happy that the issue of delays in students certificates and results because of distance between Port Harcourt and Ibadan and other bureaucratic jinx will now be a thing of the past.
Continuing on the benefits accruable from the university autonomy, he said, that it will equally afford people to not only pursue their first degree but their masters and doctorate degrees as well.
Commenting on the future prospects of the Rives State University of Education, he has this to say: “Today, the upgrading of the Rivers State College of Education to Rivers State University of Education is a boast to us. It will indeed strengthen our educational industry. It is a good place to train and retrain on teachers who are in our various schools across the nation. It will create job opportunities as more faculties will be established”.
He thanked Governor Amaechi on his declaration of state of emergency on Rivers State educational sector and commended him on the recent scholarship given to Rivers indigenes to study in both Nigerian universities and overseas.
According to him, the Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency (RSSDA), which is an initiative of the state Governor has faired well in human capital development based on her zeal to assist people get education.
The lecturer commended the state Governor for the establishment of various skills acquisition centres, the Rivers State Social Rehabilitation centres and other areas which are geared towards skilful opportunities for the youths.
According to him, it will reduce the high rate of youth restiveness in the state as most of them are now empowered by the state government.
On the construction of roads in the state, he scored him a pass mark especially on his vision of road constructions in the rural areas of the state maintaining that, it has brought rural transformation in Rivers State.
The Rivers-born and a union activist, also commented on the Governor’s vision on greater Port Harcourt City. He felt that the relocation of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology to Omagwa will bring a conducive learning environment devoid of environmental noise from companies around the university premises.
More importantly, it will fasten socio-economic development in the state.
On his relationship with his co-lecturers, he has this to say: “we have been on a very good cordial relationship. I respect them because they voted me to power and believe in me. We unanimously decided to use this forum to say thank you to his Excellency, the Executive Governor of Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi”.