Rivers State College of Arts and Science (RIVCAS) Rumuola, Port Harcourt now has
The Federal Government later handed over the running of the Schools of Basic Studies with their autonomous tertiary characteristics of a governing council, management committee, academic board, schools, departments and units to the State. Thus on April 19, 1984, Police Commissioner Fidelis Oyakhilome, then Military Governor signed into law, the edict establishing Rivers State School of Basic Studies with effect from November 1977 when it started operating.
The School successfully turned around the fate of teeming young citizens of old Rivers State as they obtained reasonable results from the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) in School Certificate and Higher School Certificates (HSC) as well as the Interim Joint Matriculation Board Examinations (IJMBE) and they eventually took up erstwhile illusive university admissions.
The introduction by the Federal Government of the 6-
The Chief Executive transformed in nomenclature from PRINCIPAL to PROVOST; the Workers' Education Programme (WEP) got enlarged into Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) and various courses were mounted at Diploma and Certificate Levels. That was courtesy of Colonel Godwin Osagie Abbe then Military Governor of Rivers State signing the edict establishing the College effective January 1991.
The RIVCAS Edict in modifying the RSSBS edict created three Schools -
The third phase of our history of transition took effect in 2006 when the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) bowed to Government and extraneous pressures and granted RIVCAS permission to offer courses leading to the award of National Diploma (ND) after due regulatory visitations. By that leave, RIVCAS became a polytechnic funded by Rivers State Government and supervised by the NBTE to enhance improved technical and technological training of Rivers people and our neighbours in Nigeria.