….Call on Management to grant approval for new departments in the Faculty, approve License for Radio/Tv
BY Eba Alobo
The immediate past Acting Dean of the Faculty of Communication Technology in Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH), Dr. Jacob Agba has admonished those in position of authority to see it as a call to service. He made the call during an interview with our correspondent after the official handing over to the newly appointed dean of the Faculty, Dr. Patrick Ineji held at the Faculty’s office.
While speaking to our correspondent, the Associate Professor of Communication stated that “I want my successor to see his appointment as a call to service. If you expect to make money in that position, you will be disappointed because most of the time you end up spending from your pocket to make sure that the faculty functions well.”. He equally admonished him to sustain the peace presently enjoyed in the faculty and ensure that students are properly given the right orientation especially as newly admitted and always take the issue of examination and results compilation as a duty that cannot be compromised.
He enumerated some of the successes recorded during his tenure to include compliance to examination ethics, early results submission, maintenance of peace in the faculty, proper maintenance culture, setting up of committee for the unbundling of Mass Communication department amongst others.
According to him “This is a tertiary institution and what keeps all of us here is the issue of examination and results. Throughout my tenure, every exam, I make sure that I set up examination monitoring headed by very strong staff that will help me monitor every examination. I see that as an achievement because throughout the period, we didn’t have any problem with exams in terms of leakages or whatever. We made sure that we met the standard in all examination and made sure that all invigilators are in place.”
On the issue of result, the former Acting Dean stated that “I tried to make sure that along with my colleagues, results are produced and released on time so that students can see their results. As at the time I left, we were not owing any results both at undergraduate and post graduate level.”
He added that his administration pursued peace amongst all staff of the faculty vigorously as according to him “Before I came in, there were a lot of rancour and I made sure that I maintained peace. It is in the spirit of that peace that even though ASUU questioned the selective appointment of a new Acting Dean in the faculty while others we were elected at the same time are still in their various positions, I decided to maintain that peace by handing over because there is nothing to be desperate about in the position. So one of my achievements was to maintain the peace and I recall that there was no problem amongst staff or students.”
He further stated that his administration ensured adequate maintenance of facilities in the faculty as according to him “I have a maintenance culture. I don’t just wait for the Management but I tried to use my personal equipments to make things work. I have a personal secretary that supports my confidential secretary and it made the job very smooth for me. I also maintained a lot of things in the office. I tried to repair the plumbing work for convenience, same with electricity and all that.”
On the issue of a new area of Mass Communication known as Social and Behavioral Change Communication (SBCC) he stated that his administration graduated over 20 scholars who are presently excelling in the field. He said “We made sure that that SBCC course that was started by an American scholar continue to thrive.”
On the unbundling of Mass Communication, Dr. Agba said his administration succeeded in setting up committee saddled with the responsibility of drawing up curricula for the various departments in line with NUC directives adding that “Some of the committees have already submitted reports and I am presently collating that to be part of what I am handing over to the new Acting dean.”
On the challenges faced during his tenure as Acting Dean, he listed them to include inconsistent power supply, lack of working tools in the faculty, lack of academic expansion amongst others. According to him “One of the biggest challenges we have is electricity. The light that comes to us is not strong enough to power our studio equipments and so I spent the two years struggling to see how the 500kv transformer promised to the faculty so that we can start practicals exercises.”
He called on Management to come to the aid of the faculty by installing the independent power source that was promised since the administration of Prof. Owan Enoh. He equally advocated for a license to run the Radio and Television stations in the faculty as community broadcast station adding that this can help generate funds for the institution.
On the lack of working tools in the faculty office, he stated that “I spent the last two years using my personal equipments like laptop, printers and so on. There is a need for us to have an industrial photocopying machine, printer and laptop in the faculty. This will help the confidential secretary to type official documents to avoid leakages.”. He equally called on Management to complete the new building assigned to the faculty as all other faculties have the buildings allocated to the completed except for Communication Technology.”
The Associate Professor equally called on Management to give approval for the two departments approved bt Senate as according to him “In the 99th Senate meeting of May, 2019, additional two new departments were approved for the faculty but later on all others started except the department of Development Communication and Linguistics and Language Science. So these are some of the problems I will want the new dean to liaise with Management to see how they can be solved.”
In his acceptance speech, the new Acting Dean, Dr. Patrick Ineji assured his predecessor that he will work assiduously towards ensuring that he sustains the legacy left behind. He assured the faculty staff of inclusive administration that will give priority to the welfare of all Faculty board members. Highpoint of the event was the official handing over of documents from the outgoing to the incoming dean.