A passionate appeal has gone to the Rivers State Government to urgently intervene in the development of the Rivers State College of Health Science and Technology, especially in the constitution of the Governing Council of the institution which is a prerequisite for accreditation of courses.
The Provost of the College, Dr. Charles Amadi made the call in his address during the 2013/2014 matriculation ceremony at the College Campus, Mile 4 in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Dr. Amadi who disclosed that the college is faced with some challenges, revealed that the institution is expecting the National Board for Technical Education NBTE in April this year for accreditation of courses, as well as looking forward to receive the Community Health Practitioner Registration Board (CHPRB) Dental Registration Council of Nigeria and Health Records Officers Registration Board of Nigeria.
He noted that the constitution of the new Governing Council of the institution would go a long way in facilitating the assessment and accreditation of the institution’s programmes by the NBTE.
Other challenges of the institution include: lack of teaching facilities, the institutions internally generated revenue is insufficient to drive the much needed development in the college.
He called on other corporate organizations to partner with the institution in the area of infrastructural development, award of scholarships and research to move the institution forward.
The Provost who described the matriculation day as a day for sober reflection disclosed that over ten thousand candidates that sought to be students of the institution only 1,514 were offered admission due to their performances at both the college entrance examination and University Matriculation Examination, UME.
The Provost, while congratulating the students for their remarkable achievements urged them to make use of the golden opportunity presented by their admission into the institution, pointing out that they need to be conscious of the expectations of their parents as well as the enormous sacrifices they are making through school at this point in time.
He, however, urged the new students to discipline themselves, study hard and do what is right to cope up with the institution as it is pride, self esteem and excellence.
He commended the parents of the students and other guests who graced the ceremony.
Emeka Jilly Ejiowhor