Minister of State for Education, Chief Wike laying the foundation stone for a new Faculty of Law

Wike Flags Off New Law Faculty:

At last, the long-anticipated foundation-laying ceremony for a new Faculty of Law in the University has been laid by the Minister of State for Education, Chief NyesomWike. Chief Wike also laid similar foundations for the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Department of Animal and Environmental Biology (AEB) at the University Park as part of the 29th Convocation Ceremony.
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, last Thursday, a visibly delighted Minister of State expressed gratitude to the Federal Government for supporting the University's bid to construct a befitting structure to house the new Faculty of Law, pointing out that a befitting Law Faculty was long overdue in an institution of the stature of UNIPORT, which he said has enough manpower and institutional experience to run it to international specifications.
Chief Wike said: “With the express directive of MrPresident, who is a distinguished Alumnus, the project life-cycle should not exceed seven months, to enable the new Faculty commence full academic activities”. He appealed to Management of the University to ensure close supervision of the projects to ensure that work was completed at the stipulated timeframe, assuring the University authorities that he would be on hand on a regular basis to ascertain the progress of work on each site.
Speaking earlier, Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joseph Ajienka said, “Today, we are making history; we are happy that we now have a Faculty of Law to complement what we have at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST). A University of this age, the premier University in the core Niger Delta, has come a long way and we are also happy that we are going to have a full-fledged Faculty building that is purpose built to commence programmes in legal studies”. 
The Vice-Chancellor expressed gratitude to the Honourable Minister of State for his effort in attracting the project to the University, disclosing that the Faculty would be named after Legal Luminary and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Late NwobidikeNwanodi, who he said made immense contributions to the legal profession during his lifetime.
Chief Wike also laid the foundation stone for the Faculty of Social Sciences which was named after renowned Social Scientist and Human Rights cruder, late Professor Claude Ake and the Department of Animal and Environmental Biology, named after noted Marine Biologist, Bruce Powel, respectively. 
Professor Ajienka observed that the projects would help the University immensely, promising to visit the site regularly to ensure that the stipulated timeframe for the completion of the projects is meet. He charged all those in the directly concerned with the projects to visit the sites and give him regular reports from each site. When completed, the Faculty of Law will have two wings, while the Faculty of Social Sciences will have three structures, comprising 36 lecture halls, a 400-seater Auditorium, Information Communication Technology (ICT) Centre, Offices for Heads of Department, restaurant and shops, disclosing that the stipulated average timeframe for the completion of the project is 44 weeks. 
In speech, Wife of the late Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mrs Judith Nwanodi, recalled the contributions her husband made to the advancement of the legal profession in Nigeria, expressing delight that his ideals have finally been recognized by the University. She thanked the authorities for remembering and honouring her late husband. 
ChukwudiAke, also expressed satisfaction over the decision to immortalize his father, disclosing that the University of Port Harcourt would always remain Unique in the memory of the Ake household, since his sibling are all Alumni of the Institution, where the Late Professor Ake taught political theory for many years.
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