The Vice Chancellor of Cross River University of Technology, Professor Augustine Angba, has stated that in the next ten years, the university will become the best university of Technology in Nigeria.
He stated this yesterday in Ogoja campus of the university, when he led his management team to interact with students of that campus.
He disclosed that CRUTECH emerged first in the South-South of Nigeria and fourth at the national level, in the recently conducted entrepreneurship challenge organized by the National Universities Commission (NUC) for universities across the various geo-political zones.
He also noted that CRUTECH was recently awarded the second best “Jamb compliant” university in Nigeria. The award arose from strict adherence to the criteria for admission of students into the university. The Vice Chancellor said that the university is aiming for a gold medal in the forthcoming admission year.
He challenged students of the university to remain conscientious and assist the university in consolidating on these strides.
Professor Angba enjoined students to pay their school fees as the policy of “no school fees, no exam” is sacrosanct.
He emphasised that no student can or will cheat the system and added that payment of school fees will boost students’ capacity to demand for value for their money.
Speaking on reports that the Governor of Cross River State has promised to pay school fees for indigenes of Cross River State who are schooling in CRUTECH, the Vice Chancellor assured the students that if the Governor made that promise and if the required official procedures are done for effective implementation of the promise, he guarantees them of immediate refund of their paid school fees.
The Vice Chancellor disclosed that the university plans to provide hostel accommodation for over 2000 students with effect from the current session, as a measure of alleviating the suffering of students and improve the internally generated revenue of the institution.
Similarly, he told the students that his administration is willing to partner with the department of Hospitality and Tourism Management for the establishment of 12 commercial ventures to boost the revenue strength of the university.
Such ventures include the establishment of a bakery, travel agency, event management, block industry, sachet water plant and similar ventures.
Professor Angba also disclosed that the university is set to establish a world class undertaker management centre in Okuku campus that will pioneer the management of funeral activities both within and outside the state.
He added that the university is poised to make good money from such ventures.
He called on students with merchantable skills to come out and partner with the university on those business ventures.
Also, the Vice Chancellor admonished the students to desist from the menace of “sorting” by avoiding patronizing lecturers who are allegedly involved in that menace.
He added that students’ complaints in this area should be genuine, especially if they are victims and not accomplices.
In the same vein, he warned students to shun cultism, stating that those who get involved in it will be identified and handed over to relevant security agencies.
The interactive session with students of Ogoja campus also had Mr. Oko Inaku, the Head of Cross River State Civil Service Commission in attendance.
The Vice Chancellor thanked him for all his laudable contributions to the growth and development of the university right from the tenures of his predecessors.
By CRUTECH Media Team