Governor Nyesom Wike has reiterated that Rivers government would continue to support private initiatives to create access to university education in the state.
He stated this yesterday during the inaugural Founder’s Day of Pamo University of Medical Sciences at Elelenwo, Port Harcourt.
Wike said: “The university requires the support of every person. I have challenged every Rivers man and woman who has the capacity to establish a university to do so. Rivers State Government will support such a person.
The governor lauded the institution established by former Governor Peter Odili for creating opportunities for Rivers children and other Nigerians to have access to medical education.
Wike, who has a building named after him, announced that the state government would support the construction of two hostels in the institution.
He commended Wike for his contributions to the growth of the institution.
On his part, Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed commended Odili for his investment in education, especially setting up a university that would groom qualified medical professionals for the country.
The minister urged students of the university to emulate Odili, who he noted, had been hardworking and committed to serving humanity.
Odili, who is also the Pro-Chancellor of the school, Wike, adding that all students on Rivers State government’s scholarships were up to date in fee payment.
The NUC Executive Secretary, Professor Abubakar Rasheed, said the commission was proud to be associated with the ivory tower for its achievements within the short period it has existed.
He urged compliance with extant regulatory requirements all times.
Also present at the event were Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal; his Oyo and Adamawa counterparts, Seyi Makinde and Umaru Fintiri; as well as members of the national and state assemblies.