Amaechi, who made this pledge on Saturday at the university’s 26th convocation in Port Harcourt, urged the university authority to apply for a medical school in the institution.
The governor commended the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Barineme Fakae, for his (Fakae) achievements, adding that the performance of the vice chancellor propelled his administration to reappoint him.
He said, “Let me announce that few hours ago, I did request that you put up an application for a medical school at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology.
“Government is satisfied with the performance of the vice chancellor that was the reason for which he was appointed and the reason for which the government insisted on his reappointment.”
Amaechi also promised to provide more funding for the state-owned university, adding that the construction of the permanent site will commence within the next two weeks.
The governor added that the construction of the university’s permanent site would take 18 months.
He congratulated the graduating students for distinguishing themselves and completing their programmes and wished them well.
Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the university commended the state governor for his support to the university and for encouraging them towards moving the institution to a greater height.
Fakae equally described the convocation ceremony as celebration of excellence and congratulated the graduands.
He said, “First is God Almighty who gave all we needed for this mission of change. It is through the instrumentality of our indefatigable visitor, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi who threw the challenge at us that we make this account today.
“We are grateful for the support so far received from you and we are equally grateful for the funding that has enabled us to reach the height so far attained.”
Fakae said achievements were made in research and e-learning, student scholarship, infrastructure, accreditation of programmes, quality assurance in academics, social corporate responsibility and others. (Punch)