In January 1972, the college moved to another temporary site at Oromineke in D-Line, Diobu. A new Principal, the late Mr. J.E. Ohochukwu, was also appointed in October 1972.From its foundation, the college had an uphill task to contend with the dearth of few academic staff. Lack of adequate library facilities and shortage of accommodation constituted serious problems. But happily many of the initial handicaps proved temporary and considerable progress began to be noticed in due course.

Until the promulgation of the Nursery and Miscellaneous Education Institution Edict No. 10 of 15th November, 1974, Rivers State College of Education was under the direct control of the Ministry of Education. This Edict established the college as a corporate body under the management of a Governing Committee, headed by Mr.W.E. Alagoa, the then Chairman of the Teaching Service Commission. In terms of Administrative Management and Growth, Edict No. 10 of 1974 did not satisfy the needs of Rivers State College of Education, hence the promulgation of Edict No. 1 of 25th February, 1975. The new Edict marked a veritable turning point in the history of the institution.

Rivers State College of Education was born as an autonomous body. With the attainment of full maturity, it became well placed to play a more dynamic role. There was established for the purposes of the college a Governing Council which is responsible for the recruitment of staff and for the general and overall administrative and financial control of the institution. Following this transformation, Mr. E. Aguma, who was appointed Principal in January 1975,became the first Provost while Dr. E.T. Green succeeded Mr. Alagoa as the Chairman of Council in June 1975. After an interregnum created by the change of Government in the country in July 1975, a new Governing Council with Dr. F.A. Eke, as Chairman, and a new Provost, Mr. R.I.C. Koko, were appointed in November of the same year. Undeniably, the problem of accommodation greatly inhibited the progress of the college.

For almost six years of its existence, Rivers State College of Education occupied a compound with very limited number of classrooms and all students lived off-campus. The college moved to its permanent site at Rumuolumeni in January,1977 although some essential facilities were still lacking on the campus. This bold step was a definite milestone in the life of the institution, because physical presence on the spot has placed it in a better position to make further plans for its continued growth and improvement of existing facilities.