Nyesom Wike, Governor of Rivers State has released the total sum of N16.6 billion for the upgrade of facilities as well as extension of campuses in River State University (RSU).
Paulinus Nsirim, Commissioner for Information and Communication Rivers State, stated that this was a landmark development in the history of the institution which has maintained one campus since its establishment in 1980.
He explained that N9 billion would be used as a take-off grant for the establishing new campuses of RSU in Ahoada, Emohua and Etche LGA’s with N3 billion devoted to each for the construction of university infrastructure such as buildings, auditoriums and laboratories.
Nsirim believed that the act would help boost the economy and reduce the rate of unemployment in the state.
“With the establishment of the three campuses, the communities where they are sited will be opened up for consequential development and economic activities. It will reduce the rate of unemployment in the state,” he said.
The Commissioner further explained that N7.6 billion has been released to enable the College of Medical Sciences of RSU to establish the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Faculty of Clinical Sciences and Pathology Building.
Nsirim said that the release would enable the college to fully commence its programme leading to the award of Bachelor of Medicine, and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and would also strengthen accredited departments and those due to be accredited at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (RSUTH).
The Commissioner also stated that the State Government has established a scholarship scheme for Rivers indigenes studying at PAMO University of Medical Sciences.
He expressed confidence stating that within the next few years, the state would play a major role in producing medical manpower across the country.