…Explains Proposed Change In Name Of RSUST

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Chairman of the Rivers State House of Assembly Committee on Education, Hon. Doctor Farah Dagogo,has proposed a change of name for the state owned Rivers State University of Science and Technology, (RSUST), to Rivers State University.
Hon.  Dagogo who presents Degama Constituency made this known last Thursday at plenary during the second reading of the RSUST bill, noted that the university and the state have a lot to lose if the name is not changed, especially in the face of the National Universities Commission, (NUC), recent directive that every universities should focus on its core mandate area of study.
The lawmaker posited that not only will RSUST lose many of its accredited courses, it will put the fate of the institution’s students in the balance.
According to him,’’ every law has a spirit. The spirit behind the enactment of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, RSUST, no longer exists. A new spirit has taken over. That spirit is the spirit to expand the University so that all can have access to it.
“The crucial point I am making is that the name of the university can no longer stand the test of time. The name of the university and its mandate, which tilt towards technology, has excluded many who would have desired to gain admission into the university.
He suggested that the university should be called ‘The Rivers State University ‘ explaining that  by the name, all restrictions, limitations and hindrances would have been removed.