Governor Nyesom wike, Former minister of state for education, came into office as rivers state governor with a clear vision on the education sector. At his first inauguration on 29th may 2015 he declared that he seeks to provide accessible, quality and affordable education for all in the states. Nearly five years on the seat, he is working his talk. In this press briefing, we provide you snippets of his giant strides in the education sector.
- Withing 100 days in office he completed and furnished the faculty of Law of the Rivers State university which had been abandoned by successive government since the 1990s.
- He further established a Medical school in the Rivers State University, which had been without medical school since the university was established in 1980. A befitting building was speedily completed and commissioned by him. Moreover, the school has received accreditation from National Universities Commission (NUC) to run several medical programmes. To consolidate on this, the Memorial Hospital has been upgraded and equipped to a standard teaching hospital.
- Within the Rivers State University campus, several departmental buildings have been completed and others are still ongoing. You will find similar infrastructural development in other tertiary institutions of the state.
- At the basic and secondary school levels, the giant strides of governor wike are clearly manifest. To take a few examples:
Complete renovation and remodeling of:
Govt. Craft center, PH;
Country High School, Ohoada;
GSS Ubima; and
Renovation and refurbishing of junior secondary schools in the states under the auspices of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB)
Besides infrastructural development, Governor Wike had further demonstrated his love for education by sponsoring free Jamb 2019/2020 registration for candidates of Rivers State origin and frees WASCE 2020 registration for all candidates in public schools in the state, not withstanding where they come from. Furthermore;
All basic school teachers across the 23 LGAs in the State were given a one-month capacity-training in August 2019
Endowment of Education Trust Fund for high-flying pupils in public schools who recently won national laurels;
The state in the last five years has maintained first five in WAEC ranking for 36 states including Abuja.
They are as follows;
2016 – 4th
2017 – 2nd
2018 – 4th
2019 – 4th
2019 – 4th – shows sustained growth in the education sector.
National University Commission (NUC) approved new 25 academic programmesin Ignatius Ajura University of Education (IAUOE) u dergraduate and postgraduate.
Shortly, the state government is making arrangement to implement the state law on the teaching of indigenous languages in the state schools. The important aspect of education has been ignored by previous administration, but Governor Wike recognizes that indigenous language been part of our culture should not be allowed to die.
Gentleman of the press please watch out for the next steps in the education sector in Rivers State.
Prof. Kaniye Ebeku
Hon Commissioner for Education
Hon. Paulinus Nsirim
Hon. Commissioner for Information and Communication