The management, staff and students of the Rivers State College of Arts and Science (RIVCAS), Port Harcourt have resorted to prayers to God in their long quest to change the institution to a full fledged Polytechnic.
Speaking during a prayer session in the school premises last Thursday under the leadership of renowned Pastor of the Gateway International Church, Port Harcourt, George Izunwa, the Acting Rector of the school, Dr. Hillary Wordu wondered why the institution which is recognised as Polytechnic by relevant educational bodies like the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) was yet to be renamed as such.
He expressed optimism that the college would advance in all spheres of academic endeavour when renamed to reflect a polytechnic, hence pleaded with Pastor George Izunwa for intercession.
The Acting Rector who said the prayer session which was tagged “Solemn Assembly” was also organised to thank God for all the successes recorded so far which according to him included accreditation of some courses by NBTE, release of funds by the Rivers State Government, access to Education Trust Fund (ETF) and recognition by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) among others.
Dr. Wordu stated that the Solemn Assembly was also a platform to “ask God for peace in the college and our homes removal of laziness, lawlessness, sabotage, destructive critics and lateness to work and for Him to also give policy makers intelligence to do their work and for protection of Governor Chibuike Amaechi and his exco for confronting the problem of education and peace in the state squarely”.
Various Directors used the forum to make known their respective departmental problems to the man of God before his sermon.
The Director of the institution’s Niger Delta Science School (NDSS), Dr. Edwina Amah decried the lack of interest by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in the affairs of the school over the years and appealed for a change of heart by the commission. She stated that her dream for the pilot science school was affiliation with institutions overseas to enable products of the school secure admission for further studies with ease.
In his electrifying sermon, Senior Pastor George Izunwa commended the leadership of RIVCAS for resorting to prayers stressing that “if leadership of any institution is not God-centred, it is difficult for change to take place because God can suspend help because of a leader. And that was why I was excited when I heard that the Rector was involved in the programme.”
The man of God who assured them of enormous changes in the school in no distant time, however, urged them to be at peace with one another as according to him, “where there is no peace, God is not there because He is not an author of confusion”.
Pastor Izunwa stated that the biggest problem in Nigeria is that majority of Christians have not repented and are not willing to do so, hence urged the college community to repent from their sins to attract God’s blessings.