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RSG  To Intensify  Investment  In Education Sector – Governor Wike 


Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated that his administration will intensify  investments  in the education  sector  because  it is the fastest way to empower the  youths of the state . 

In an address  to the 33rd and 34th Combined Convocation  of  the Ignatius Ajuri University of Education in Port Harcourt on Saturday , Governor Wike said that his administration’s  investment in the  education sector have led to sustained improvement  of  learning  infrastructure across the state . 

He said : “We  shall increase the level of funding in the next fiscal year to enable the University to overcome some of its critical challenges in infrastructure, staff development, and students’ welfare.

“Of course, the State Government alone cannot meet the funding needs of its tertiary institutions. We therefore expect the University to seriously explore alternative sources of funding to augment the inevitable funding gaps from the State Government and other public funding sources.”

The governor  who was represented  by  the State Education Commissioner , Professor Kaniye Ebeku commended the  Management of Ignatius Ajuri  University of Education for working to secure  accreditation  of  courses run in the institution  and improving critical infrastructure . 

The governor  said : “Besides achieving full accreditation for all the programmes of the University with the National Universities Commission, the present management has ensured industrial harmony as well as delivered on key infrastructural projects among several other achievements.

“We are quite happy with the developmental strides and ongoing improvements in the University and commend the management for living up to the expectations of the stakeholders, including the staff and students.”

Governor  Wike  charged  the fresh graduates to put the knowledge  gained in the course of their academic  pursuit to good use, especially  at this time  when the country  is facing  economic  crisis . 

“But the prevailing economic gloom shouldn’t discourage you and your vision for the future. Remember that things usually have a way of working out for those who strive. Therefore, you must take your destiny into your own hands and become the architects of your future by creatively finding your ways into viable ventures and career paths in the public and private spheres or in self-employment”, he told the graduands .

In his address , the Vice Chancellor of the  Ignatius Ajuri University of Education , Prof Joseph Kinanee commended  Governor Wike  for the increased funding  of the university  which has led to the  development  of  required educational  infrastructure . 

He said that these infrastructure  helped the university  in getting full  accreditation  for  all  her academic  programmes . 

The Vice Chancellor  added that the governor  as Minister of State for Education  attracted  several projects also used to get courses accredited  in the institution . 

Pro-Chancellor of the University, King AM Ikuru assured the governor that the council  will pay due attention  to  its  responsibilities  for the growth of  the institution. 

Highpoint  of the occasion was  the  commissioning of the Administrative Block  of  the University  by the representative of the Governor . 

The 33rd & 34th Combined Convocation of the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education witnessed 3,334 graduands receiving various degrees, diplomas and certificates.

Simeon Nwakaudu ,

Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor , Electronic Media . 



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