After N500m donation, Gov Wike says will continue to back Peter Odili’s medical school


By Codratus Godson

Gov Nyesom Wike who two years ago donated whopping N500m to a private university just set up by his predecessor has reassured of his continued support for the university.

The donation soon after winning a Supreme Court case seemed to attract a second look.

Now, almost two years after, Gov Wike has stated that the State Government would continue to encourage such efforts and private investors to invest  their resources in the state.

Addressing the second matriculation ceremony of Pamo University of Medical Sciences (PUMS), Port Harcourt on Friday,  Governor Wike praised Former Rivers State Governor, Peter Odili, for establishing the first and only private university in the state.

He said: “We express joy with the establishment of this University,  as the first and only private University in the state.

“My pledge to support the growth of the university was aimed at encouraging other Rivers indigenes to make same investments in the state”.

He urged the students of the Pamo University of Medical Sciences to take their academic work seriously,  so that they can contribute  to the future development of the state and country.

“As students of this university,  you must count  yourself lucky.  A degree  in any field  of medical science will always be in demand”, he said.

He said that the growth  of the Healthcare Sector is dependent  on the quality of personnel available to the system, hence the Rivers State Government has invested  in the training of healthcare professionals by setting  up  the College of Medical Sciences at the Rivers State University and upgrading  the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital  to the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital.

He expressed happiness  with the speed  of development  at the Pamo University of Medical Sciences,  saying that in just 14months, the university has made significant  progress.

The Governor assured  the Governing Council and Management of  the State Government’s  continued support to ensure  the sustained growth  of the state.

Former Rivers State Governor and Pro-Chancellor of Pamo University of Medical Sciences (Odili) lauded Gov Wike for his support for the growth and sustenance of the university.

He urged students of the university  to imbibe a culture  of discipline and allow the training of the school mould them into health professionals with outstanding qualities.

He said: “The restrictive red lines in the school are not meant to punish the students,  but to prepare them for tomorrow “.

Chancellor of the University and Former Head of State,  Abdulsalami Abubakar, said it is gratifying  to see the progress made since the University  came into existence.

He thanked the Rivers State Governor for the Special Grant to the University and scholarship to Rivers students.

Representative of the National Universities Commission,  Prof Salim said the involvement  of the private  sector in the education sector has positively impacted the sector and increased access to quality university education.

Vice Chancellor of Pamo University of Medical Sciences, the professor, Michael Diejamaoh, said that the university  has zero tolerance for cultism, drug abuse  and other vices.