Few weeks after the Rivers State Governor, Barr. Nyesom Wike announced the citing of four new campuses of the Rivers State University at various parts of the State, the Federal Government has given approval for the establishment of a Campus of the Nigerian Law School in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State Capital.
While this is certainly, a good development for the oil rich State, most of the Riverine Communities lament their non-inclusion in the location of any of these higher institutions of learning. Of course, it is evident that location of tertiary educational institutions in an area is usually associated with development.
The worst hit in this deliberate and consistent marginalization is Andoni, one of the major riverine tribes in Rivers State. In her case, it is not just the location of tertiary educational institutions but other developmental projects.
Andoni (Western Obolo) is not just a LGA in Rivers State but one of the largest Riverine ethnic nationalities and a major oil producing area in present Rivers State. Perhaps, only next to Ikwerre, Orashi and Ogoni in terms of population, land mass amongst the 13 distinct tribes which Rivers, the Treasure Base of the Nation is made up, of!
Just take a closer look at the list of these existing tertiary institutions, technical colleges and their locations (tribes) in Rivers State yourself as given below:
1. University of Port-Harcourt, Choba (Ikwerre)
2. Rivers State University, Main Campus, Ikwerre Road, Nkoplu Oroworukwo (Ikwerre)
3. Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUE), Main Campus Iwofe,
4. IAUE St. John’s Campus, Diobu Port-Harcourt (Ikwerre)
5. IAUE Ndele Campus (Ikwerre)
6. Rivers State Polytechnic, Bori (Ogoni)
7. Federal College of Education (Technical) Omoku (Orashi)
8. Elechi Amadi Polytechnic, Rumuola (Ikwerre)
9. Rivers State College of Health Science and Technology, Rumueme (Ikwerre)
10. School of Nursing & Midwifery, Rumueme, Port-Harcourt (Ikwerre)
11. NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Nonwa Gbam, Tai (Ogoni)
12. Police Training School, Nonwa Tai (Ogoni)
Four (4) New Campuses of Rivers State University (RSU) presently approved (Nos. 13-16 below)
13. RSU Ahoada Campus (Orashi)
14. RSU Etche Campus (Etche)
15. RSU Emuoha Campus (Ikwerre)
16. RSU Sapkenwa Campus (Ogoni)
17. PAMO University of Medical Sciences, Elelenwo, Port-Harcourt (Ikwerre)
18. Proposed University of Environmental Management (Ogoni)
19. Federal Science and Technical College (FSTC), Ahoada.
20. Government Technical Colleges in Trans-Amadi, Port-Harcourt (Okrika) Ele-Ogu, Ogu-Bolo (Okrika), Tombia (Kalabari).
21. Proposed Petroleum Institute, Bonny (Ibani)
22. Proposed Nigerian Law School, Port-Harcourt Campus, Rumueme (Ikwerre).
(You can add to the list on the comment box please).
The Bill for proposed National Institute for Fisheries Research to be cited in Andoni sponsored at NASS House of Rep by Hon. Awaji-Inombeek Abiante in failed to scale through, beyond 2nd Reading.
Can you believe this? Not even one, tertiary institution in Andoni? Not even a UTME Centre in Andoni? Come to think of it, Andoni has even produced Deputy Governor, Speaker, Commissioners, Head of Service, Party Chairmen, House of Rep./State House Members, LG Chairmen in the State up to date!
Of course, 2023 is at corner, when all the acclaimed ‘political messiahs’ will flood Andoni to canvass for votes for various positions ranging from Senate to Governorship, after then, school dismiss!!!
If you finish reading this post and you are not steered to speak out, take any action or at least pray for liberation of Andoni, then your conscience is simply dead!
Yes, you heard me right because a nation cannot continue to suffer this level of neglect amidst blessing that abounds in the ‘oil Rivers State’ in this century? There’s God ooo!
AdasiScience calls on Federal and Rivers State Government to consider establishing a tertiary institution like specialized University, a Federal Polytechnic or other suitable institution, as a matter of urgency, to give the Andoni (Obolo) people a sense of belonging and accelerate development in the area.