Nigeria: A new city and the state of Rivers to begin construction of a new science and technology university campus

June 17, 2012

Africa, Educational, International

Nigeria: The state of Rivers is set to begin construction of a new science and technology university campus

By Chukwudi Akasike
The Punch

PORT HARCOURT -The Rivers State Government has said the construction of the new State University of Science and Technology campus will commence in July 2012.

The senior special adviser to the governor on Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST) new campus development, Mrs. Vivien Braide, disclosed this during the opening of the technical bid for the building of the campus in Port Harcourt.

Braide, who explained that the new structure was expected to be of world standards in terms of aesthetics, added that due process would be followed in selecting the contractors that would handle the construction of new structures for the university.

She explained that a total of 31 companies turned up for the presentation of relevant documents out of 61 that had earlier expressed interest in the job.

The governor’s aide pointed out that the best three among the bidding companies would be selected at the end. He added that the project, which would last for three years, will begin with the construction of faculties.

Also, the chairman of the State Tenders Board, Mrs. Esther Anucha said the process of bidding was transparent and in line with the governor’s dream.

Represented by the board’s secretary, Mr. Nicholas Ohochukwu, she recalled that there had been misinterpretation of unfolding events during the bidding process, hence the need to be transparent.

Anucha promised that though the biddings had been collected, the board would scrutinize the documents with a view to selecting the best among the contractors.



Nigeria has 36 states and 1 Federal Capital Territory (Abuja)

Rivers is the 6th most populated state in Nigeria.

Population: Rivers State 5,198,716


Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST)

The Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST) Port Harcourt was established in October, 1980 from the Rivers State College of Science and Technology which was itself established in 1972. It is located at Nkpolu-Oroworukwo in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, Nigeria. It is the first Technological University in Nigeria and the first state owned State University in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. The motto of the University is “Excellence and Creativity”. The University has a staff strength of 1,870 and a student population of 29,939. The University is ranked as the 16th among 80 other Universities in Nigeria. The language of instruction in the institution is English.


School of Agriculture
Department of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering
Department of Animal Science is one of the Departments in the Faculty of Agriculture
Department of Crop/Soil Science
Department  of Fisheries
Department of Home Science and Management
Department of Food Science and Technology
Department of Forestry And Environment

School of Engineering
Department of Electrical Engineering
Department of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering
Department of Chemical/Petrochemical Engineering
Department of Civil Engineering
Department of Marine Science Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Petroleum Engineering
Department of Computer Engineering

School of Environmental Sciences
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Department of Architecture
Department of Quantity Surveying
Department of Land Surveying
Department of Estate Management

School of Law
Department of Law
Department of Public Law
Department of Business Law
Department of International Law and Jurisprudence
Department of Private And Property Law

School of Management Sciences
Department of Accountancy
Department of Banking and Finance
Department of Mass Communication
Department of Secretarial Administration
Department of Management
Department of Marketing
Department of Office and Information Management

School of Science and Technical and Science Education
Department of Applied And Environmental Biology
Department of Medical Laboratory Science
Department of Chemistry
Department of Physics
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Postgraduate School


Relocation of RSUST to Greater Port Harcourt City

The Rivers State government has concluded plans for the development of a new City called Greater Port Harcourt City to decongest the already over crowded Port Harcourt. Its development has already commenced and with the new City would be established a new campus where the present Rivers State University of Science and Technology would be relocated to.

According to government’s mission statement on this, “The new University will be a leading Centre of academic excellence in Africa and beyond; a world class University with world-class facilities, which will be manned by a team of committed administrators, academics and researcher of high caliber, who share the founding vision of the new University to be ranked among the best 1,000 Universities in the world by 2020. It is hoped that by the time this objective is realized, there is no doubt that RSUST will be equal to none in Nigeria and indeed in Africa.

Source: Rivers State University of Science and Technology


Port Harcourt

Port Harcourt is the largest city in the South-South of Nigeria. It is economically the fastest growing city in the Nigeria. More than 70% of all foreign investment in the region is located in Port Harcourt.


The new city of Greater Port Harcourt

Greater Port Harcourt covers an area of approximately 1,900 square kilometres/733 square miles (40,000 Hectares of land) spanning 8 Local Government Areas , with a projected population of about 2 million people. The New City will be an extension of the old Port Harcourt City. The intent is to allow for urban growth through strategic planning, and de-densification of the old city, whilst gradually integrating both cities as one single unit. The plan is to build a modern city with 24 hours electricity supply, network of reticulated water supply, bulk sewage system, network of good roads/streets, public transportation system, storm water management, waste disposal systems, surveillance systems, well laid out residential, commercial and industrial areas, parks, garden etc.


Video: new City called Greater Port Harcourt City


Video: Rivers monorail public transportation system

Under Construction: Rivers Monorail

The Rivers Monorail is an intracity rail project purposely designed to ease the congestion within the city of Port Harcourt.


The monorail will be using the Intamin P30 Monorail Train, an electric driven train especially designed and most suitable for commuter services in cities.


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