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[Rivers]–The National Universities Commission (NUC) has banned the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, from offering degrees in courses such as law, mass communication and accountancy amongst others.

The commission has further revealed that all institutions shall henceforth offer courses that reflect their names.

However, with respect to NUC new policy, the Rivers State House of Assembly is set to change the name of the famous Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST), the pioneer state government-owned science and technology-based university to Rivers State University (RVSU).

This proposition is contained in a proposed bill, Rivers State University of Science and Technology Bill 2017, which followed the submission of the report of the House Committee on Education recommending it.

Presenting the report of the committee, its chairman, Hon. Fara Dagogo, explained that the recommendation for the change in nomenclature is reliant on the observations from the public hearing as well as a directive from the NUC that universities should adhere to their core areas of mandate or risk the affected courses being de-accredited.

Dagogo said, “The Committee recommends that the name of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology be changed to the Rivers State University in order to avoid the NUC’s policy from adversely affecting non-science and technology-based courses being run by the university.”

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