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Wike approves N500m to upgrade state varsity



Wike approves N500m to upgrade state varsity

The dearth of facilities confronting the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, owned by the Rivers State Government, resulting from paucity of funds, would soon become a thing of the past.


This is as the Visitor to the university and Governor of the state, Nyesom Wike approved the release of N500 million to the institution for infrastructural development and expasion of key facilities.


The governor, who disclosed this at the 35th and 36th combined convocation of the university, where no fewer than 4,182 graduating students received their scrolls for the award of first degrees and postgraduate certificates.


Wike, who pledged his administration’s commitment to inject more resources for the provision of relevant learning resources and infrastructure at the tertiary institution, said: “For us, therefore, providing quality education for our people is an absolute necessity as nothing can be more important.



“That was why we have and will continue to prioritise the provision of quality education for our children and adults alike to acquire the relevant knowledge and skills that they need to succeed and contribute to our collective progress.”


Wike added: “Here in this university, we recently released the sum of N200 million, as capital grant for 2017 fiscal year and we are happy with what qualitative deployment this money has been used to meet the infrastructure needs of the university.


“We are also pleased with the progressive increase in enrolment being experienced by the university in recent times, which shows a growing confidence in the quality and relevance of the progammes of the university.


“These unparalleled achievements clearly testify to the fact that the university is fulfilling its mandate of producing quality teaching and administrative manpower to drive the education needs of the state and nation in general.”


Meanwhile, the university also conferred the “Icon of Democracy,” award on former President Goodluck Jonathan, in recognition of his contributions to the growth and survival of democracy in the country.


The Pro-Chancellor of the Governing Council of the university, King A.M Ikuru, who performed the investiture on the former President, noted that this was the first time in the history of the university to confer such an award. Also, Pastor David Ibiyeomie of Salvation Ministries was bestowed with the award of “Education Crusader.”


The high points of the convocation were the commissioning of the university’s main library, which was named after Dame Patience Jonathan, as well as the inauguration of Nyesom Ezenwo Wike Centre of Excellence. Also commissioned were six undergraduate lecture halls; a twostorey 10 Postgraduate Lecture Theatre and the commissioning of 170,000 capacity demonstration catfish farm funded by the Rivers State government.


The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ozo-Mekuri Ndimele, however, commended the governor for his administration’s investments in the developmewnt the institution.


“In February 2018, Governor Wike graciously approved and released a grant of N200 million to the university.


The greater part of what you commissioned this morning is the result of that grant”, the vice-chancellor said. In his remarks, President Jonathan thanked the institution for the honour conferred on him, noting that it was like a home-coming for him, as a former lecturer at the Rivers State College of Education, which was upgraded to a full-fledged university.



He said: “ I want to specially thank the Senate of the university for considering my family worthy of double honours, to wit: the conferment of the honour of ‘Icon of Democracy’ on me and the naming of the new Automated University Library after my wife, Dame Patience Jonathan.

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