By PRECIOUS IBINABO DAVIDS, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated that the state government will construct a befitting Convocation arena for the University of Port Harcourt.
According to a statement signed by his Special Assistant Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, made available on 3rd November, 2018, he have the assurance while speaking on Saturday at the Government House Port Harcourt when the Main Organising Committee of the West African Universities Games (WAUG) visited him, Governor Wike asked the University to present the design and cost implications of the arena to the state government for further action.
He also directed the State Commissioner of Education to take steps to connect the Elechi Amadi completed by his administration for the University to electricity.
While expressing surprise that the Faculty of Law and Faculty of Social Sciences buildings are yet to be completed, Governor Wike said that his administration will continue to support the growth of University of Port Harcourt.
The governor expressed happiness that the West African Universities Games is holding in Port Harcourt; saying that the sports fiesta will further sell the state to the international community.
He said that Rivers State remains safe for national and international events, assuring that his administration will remain focused in the promotion of the state.
Governor Wike assured that the State Government will host all the athletes at the end of the sports fiesta on Saturday, November 10, 2018.
Earlier, Vice Chancellor, University of Port Harcourt, Professor Ndowa Lale thanked Governor Wike for assisting the University to host the games.
He said that the financial intervention of the Rivers State Government helped the University of Port Harcourt to escape heavy sanctions that would have been imposed on the institution if it had failed to host the sports fiesta.
The Vice Chancellor commended the Rivers State Governor for several infrastructural interventions in the institution and pleaded with him to approve the construction of a befitting Convocation Arena for the University.
The West African Universities Games is holding at the University of Port Harcourt between November 3 and November 10, 2018.