By Codratus Godson
Should a high-powered committee set up by the governor of Rivers State give the nod, Nigeria may see the setting up of a first-ever University of Environment. The fact that the idea looked attractive enough to the state governor to warrant a top committee indicates that the idea may fly. The committee may be a formality as no panel wants to damp the enthusiasm of a governor.
Indications to this trend can be got from such panel set up by the former governor (Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi) on monorail led by his deputy, Tele Ikuru, who rather endorsed the idea. Now, the present administration and other opponents of the past administration use the project as example of bad decision-making without a whimper from those who sat on the panel that recommended it.
Now, the Rivers State Executive Council has approved the setting up of an ad-hoc committee to examine and advise the State Government on the proposal for the establishment of a University of Environment in the state.
The Ad-Hoc committee which is headed by the Deputy Governor, Dr Ipalibo Harry Banigo, has two werks to submit its report to the State Executive Council.
Addressing journalists after the State Executive Council meeting presided over by Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on Wednesday, Commissioner for Information and Communications, Barr Emma Okah, said other members of the committee include: Commissioner for Education, Commissioner for Environment, Commissioner for Budget, Commissioner for Information/Communication and Commissioner for Sports.
The State Executive Council also approved the setting up of a technology hub to bring the state up to speed in the internet age.
According to the Information and Communications Commissioner, the State Government would create a Rivers State Jobs (RivJobs) Portal to help create employment opportunities.
For easier tax administration, the State Executive Council also resolved to set up a Rivers State Tax Administration Management Information (RIVTAMIS).