The crisis in the Rivers State-owned university of Science and Technology which led to shut down of the institution last Thursday has attracted reactions from some Rivers indigenes.
An educationist in the State, Eze Sylvanus Ogbueri described the recent situation in the premier University of Science and Technology in Nigeria as catastrophic and capable of ridiculing the noble aims behind establishment of the institution.
Eze Ogbueri, proprietor of Essence Comprehensive Secondary School in Omuma who reacted to the development in an interview with The Tide On Sunday expressed worries that such crisis situation was coming at a period when Nigerian universities lost over three months of academic activities to the unfortunate strike action embarked upon by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The educationist who also is the Onwa of Omuma land said because of the lost academic period, most universities had redesigned their academic calendar so as to meet up the lost time regretted that instead of the state University to initiate new strategies, it was locked in another internal crisis which led to the close down order by the institution’s authority.
Eze Ogbueri appealed to the Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi to wade into the crisis before it was too late.
He said it is an irony that such unfortunate development was happening in the present administration which accords high premium to the education sector.
“It won’t be okay if primary and secondary educations flourish in the state while the only state- owned university is in shamble”, he noted.
Also reacting to the crisis, the Deputy National Co-ordinator, Niger Delta Youth Coalition (NDYC), Mr. Jacob Akuru said the institution was facing real bad times considering the close down order at a period other institutions affected by ASUU strike were struggling to get back to their feet.
“I must tell you, it is really bad and this development would make nonsense of the institution’s academic programmes if nothing urgent is done and the best time to act is now”, he said.
He said prior to the ASUU strike, the Rivers State University of Science and Technology had been having series of problems which led to the change of its Vice Chancellor regretting that till today, the institution was yet to get out of its internal crisis.
The youth leader appealed to the Governor of the state, to take drastic measures towards finding lasting solution to the internal problems of the University.
He also called on the management, staff and students of the institution to learn to tolerate one another with love and see the current situation as a challenge to all of them.