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Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers has called on the University of Port Harcourt to pay up the taxes due to the State Government to enable it to fulfil its commitment to the varsity.

The governor made the call when members of the new Governing Council of the university paid him a courtesy visit in Port Harcourt on Thursday.

According to Wike, the university is yet to pay some taxes it owed the state government and advised the institution to work hard and shun politics.

He called for the strengthening of the cordial relationship in a bid to move the institution forward and for them to sustain the university’s pride and integrity.

Pro-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Mvendaga Jibo commended the state government for ensuring security and peace in Rivers.

Jibo commended the state government for donating land for the varsity to expand.

He expressed satisfaction with the cordial relationship between the university community and the people of Rivers and called for sustenance of the relationship.

He assured that the institution’s governing council would cooperate with the State government to take UNIPORT to greater heights.

Jibo said that UNIPORT was committed to carrying out its social responsibility toward improving its host community and the state in general.

He said that the governing council would approach the state government for support in times of need in a bid to make the institution one of the best.

Prof. Ndowa Lale, Vice Chancellor of the university, was also present during the visit.