The Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, has officially taken over the Kira Campus from the Benson Kenule Tsaro-Wiwa Polytechnic, Bori.
Speaking at the Handover Ceremony held on Friday 5th August, 2022 at the Kira Campus in Tai Local Government Area, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Nlerum S. Okogbule, said that the ceremony was in compliance with the pronouncement of the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, in 2021.
The Vice-Chancellor expressed gratitude to Governor Wike for finding the institution worthy to take over the Kira Campus for academic activities as one of its satellite campuses.
Prof. Okogbule stated that the novel Faculty of Entrepreneurial Studies have been approved by the Senate of the University for the Kira Campus, adding that after commencement, other Remedial Studies programmes will be introduced to maximize the facilities in the campus.
He noted that a University is a centre of development, stressing that the presence of the Rivers State University in Kira will contribute to the transformation of Kira and other neigbouring communities.
Earlier in his handover speech, the Rector of Benson Kenule Tsaro-Wiwa Polytechnic, Engr. (Dr.) Ledum Gwara, who was represented at the occasion by the Registrar, Dr. Emmanuel Onwukwa, commended the Rivers State University as the new occupant of the campus.
In his remarks, the Community Liaison Officer of Kira, Dr. Ebenezer Odike, thanked the Rivers State Government for transferring the campus from Benson Kenule Tsaro-Wiwa Polytechnic to the Rivers State University, stating that the initiative has made Kira to become the first community in Ogoniland to host a University.
The highpoint of the ceremony was the signing of the handover document by the Heads of the two institutions as well as the Kira Council of Chiefs Chairman, Chief Martin Saalo.