In the office of the Vice-Chancellor, the Consultancy Unit was established in 1989. On 28 June 1990, the Governing Council of the University ratified its establishment and operational guidelines. Then in March 2000, it was registered as a Limited Liability Company with the name RSUST CONSULTANCY SERVICES LIMITED. However, as recent as 2nd April 2021, the Company’s name was changed to RIVSU CONSULT NIGERIA LIMITED to reflect the new name of the University, Rivers State University, which took effect on 13 April 2017 (Rivers State University Law, Supplement to Rivers State of Nigeria Official Gazette, No 4, Volume 53 – Part A). Since its establishment in 1989, the Unit has had four (4) Directors as shown below. Although, between October 1999 and 23 October 2000, there was no active Director of the Unit owing to the retirement of the then Director, Prof. M. O. Adeniji.
Consultancy is the use of the expertise of the University’s academics, administrative, and technical staff to serve the public through the provision of special goods and services for which payments would be made.
To do this, the Unit collaborates with Companies, Consultants, and Organizations. This channel yields revenue to the University thereby increasing its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) because the subscriptions to the programmes are on a ratio basis to the University and Consultants/Organizations or Companies.
Generally, the services may take the form of supplies, extra-mural training or teaching of non-NUC regulated courses; designs, studies, investigations, problem-solving research in the immediate environment, project performance evaluation; and other mission-oriented applications of scientific knowledge and professional skills. Specifically, we provide services in the areas of training and retraining of various professionals through workshops and seminars; feasibility studies; computer services and information technology; evaluation and supervision of production and development projects; preparation of blueprints; policy documents; information brochures; and other business promotion literature.
Collaborations with Non-Governmental Organizations and Industries
The Consultancy Services Unit continues to create opportunities and the enabling environment for Companies to collaborate with the University to provide bespoke skill acquisition and continuous professional development programmes to members of the public. Table 1 shows our current affiliations with some agencies, industries, and corporate organizations.
Although some of the programmes are yet to commence subscription procedures with the general public, it is hoped that these collaborations will yield even more revenue to the University and earn the Consultancy Unit and indeed the University a front row in the comity of universities in Nigeria
PROSPECTS OF THE UNIT
Reuben has 16 years of experience in Agricultural and Environmental Engineering and 9 years of expertise in modelling soil spectra of petroleum-contaminated sites based on visible and near-infrared (vis-NIR) diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) for monitoring soil pollution and remediation. He is research active in the remediation of petroleum-contaminated soils, sludges, and oil-field drill cuttings. Specifically, Reuben’s research is focused on two thematic areas, including bioremediation of petroleum-contaminated matrixes and application of vibrational spectroscopy based on Vis-NIR DRS in the rapid detection of hydrocarbon contamination in environmental media. He has published 53 research papers and conference proceedings with significant contributions to the bioremediation of petroleum-contaminated soils and wastes such as drill cuttings and oily sludges as well as the application of Vis-NIR DRS in the rapid measurement of hydrocarbons in contaminated soils. He also has published 3 textbooks in Physics, Strength of Materials, and Chemical/Environmental Laboratory Safety. Reuben is a registered Agricultural Engineer by the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN). Reuben is an alumnus of the International School on Research Impact Assessment (ISRIA), Melbourne, Australia.
Member, International Council for Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (ICNIRS)
|Name||Rank||Area Of Specialization|
|Engr. Dr. Reuben N. Okparanma||Reader/Ag. Director||Environmental Engineeringemail@example.com|
|Dorathy Amadi||Confidential Secretary||Economics|
|Benedictine I.E. Kejeh||Chief Executive Officer 1, Accounts||Accountancyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Angela Tsaro-Goteh Aligbe||Assistant Chief Legal Officer||Law (Maritime Law)||email@example.com|
|Queenette Chinyere Onuegbu||Principal Executive Officer||Guidance & Counsellingfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Queen Walter-Stanley||Administrative Officer 2||Guidance & email@example.com|
|Charity Oyindah Omereji||Accountant 2||Accounting/ Mgt. Seçiencefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Lucky Wike||Administrative Officer 2||Petroleum Engineeringemail@example.com|
|Melford Nnam Okoro||Senior Transport Supervisor||Mech. Engineering Sciencefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Faith-Dan (Nig.) International Ventures Ltd||22 February 2008||Currently running, but acquired by Consultancy Unit|
|Smart-Don Entertainment Ltd||30 September 2016||Yet to commence due to technical problems|
|Emufac Integrated Services Ltd||30 September 2016||Currently running|
|Garden City Business Institute Ltd||6th November 2018||Awaiting subscription|
|Doh-Gee Sy Consult Ltd||6th November 2018||Currently running|
|Ekolama Engineering Ltd||6th November 2018||Currently running|
|Ashcarter Oil and Gas Training||19th November 2018||Currently running|
|Brainbox Matrix Services Ltd||11th July 2018||Currently running|
|Women Educators Association of Nigeria (WEAN)||November 2018||Awaiting subscription|
|Doraflux Empire (Confectionaries)||November 2018||Awaiting subscription|
|CADPlus Innovations||April 2019||Currently running|
|TOTALENERGIES Nigeria Limited||December 2021||Currently running|
|Chapel of Redemption School of Ministries||March 2022||At MOU stage|
|Dowenis Nigeria Limited||March 2022||At MOU stage|
On 16 May 2022, with the approval of the Vice-Chancellor, the Consultancy Unit in collaboration with one of its partners, Doh-Gee Sy Consult Limited, commenced the training of 193 personnel of the Security Department of the University on Basic Intelligence and Security (Figure 1). The training, which lasted for three weeks, ended on 3 June 2022.
On 18 December 2021, the Consultancy Services Unit graduated delegates of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (Figure 2). The delegates were trained by one of our partners, Brainbox Matrix Services, on Transformer Repairs and Maintenance.
Delegates of the Presidential Amnesty Programme during training on Transformer Repairs and Maintenance at RACAM Building and at their graduation ceremony at the University’s Amphi-Theatre in December 2021.
The training programme was one of its kind in the history of the Presidential Amnesty Programme. Given this, the Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Col. Milland Dixon Dikio (rtd.), paid a visit to the University to see things for himself
The Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Col. Milland Dixon Dikio (rtd.), on a visit to the University to assess the progress of the training programme on Transformer Repairs and Maintenance at RACAM. The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Nlerum S. Okogbule, the DVC Admin., Prof. S. Okoroma, and Director of Quality Assurance, Prof. Eric Amadi, were in attendance. The CEO of Brainbox Matrix Services, Engr. Sylvanus Eferebo took them around the training facility.
TOTALENERGIES Nigeria Limited has recently partnered with the University through the Consultancy Services Unit to train 15 youths, in the first instance, from its area of operation in Machining and Fitting for one year (Figure 4). The Programme, which is in its sixth month, is being coordinated by the Oil & Gas Training Centre, spun out of the partnership with Ashcarter Nigeria Limited.
On 5 March 2020, the Oil and Gas Training Centre signed an MOU with the Young Engineers’ Entrepreneurship Club, a Non-Governmental Organization, to train 300 unemployed youths in Welding and Fabrication for job opportunities in the Oil & Gas sector of the economy
Exchange of signed MOU between the MD/CEO of Ashcarter Nigeria Limited (LEFT), Operator of the Oil & Gas Training Centre, Rivers State University, and the Chief Executive of The Young Engineers’ Entrepreneurship Club (RIGHT) at the Oil & Gas Training Centre, Rivers State University, Port Harcourt.
The first impression counts; therefore, for prospective business partners/associates to take the Consultancy Service Unit seriously, a strong case was made for the urgent relocation of the Unit from the dilapidated wooden structure housing it to a more befitting structure pending when a complex of its own would be constructed. Consequently, the former Vice-Chancellor, Prof. B.C. Didia approved the relocation of the Consultancy Services Unit to the former Urban and Regional Planning Building. The Consultancy Services Unit moved to the new Office Complex (Figure 7) in January 2020 after the completion of renovation works by Estate and Works Department.
The New Consultancy Services Unit’s Office Complex
The Unit, after the renovation, has continued to improve facilities in the complex to make it more conducive for work, learning, and business. The Director’s office and the Conference Room have recently been given a facelift (Figure 8). One of the halls in the complex is currently being fixed to serve as an ICT hub for business.