The Vice Chancellor of Cross River University of Technology, Professor Augustine Angba, has described students of the university as “owners of the school”, adding that they deserve reorientation on the value of education.
He gave this description today when he featured as a guest of “The Public View”, a program of HIT 95.9FM radio station, Calabar. The Vice Chancellor stated that although he is impressed with the conduct of most students of the university, there is need to change the orientation of some of them and create a new mindset that would enable such students to fully appreciate the value of education.
He stated that: “Over seventy percent of students have paid fees for 2019/2020 academic session. You cannot use the minority to generalize. Students are the owners of the school. We are there because of them. We did not carry any guns after the ones that have paid their fees. We are only encouraging the remaining thirty percent to go and pay their fees.”
Professor Angba said that there is no need for anybody to get emotional and sentimental on the pronouncement of Governor Ben Ayade concerning payment of school fees by indigenes of Cross River State who school in CRUTECH. He said that: “This thing is a simple thing. I wonder why people are stoking it and trying to whip emotions about it. If somebody says he will pay school fees, I believe he will pay. If you do not believe it, then you are pessimistic and you are on your own. Somebody pays the bills and he says he will pay. So what’s our worry?”
Nevertheless, the Vice Chancellor explained that the Governor’s pronouncement requires official translation before implementation.
In the meantime, he appealed to students who have not paid school fees for the 2019/2020 academic session to pay before the commencement of their first semester 2019/2020 examinations.
He said that: “The more you accumulate, the more difficult it is for you to pay. We have been at home for ten months. If I am a student, I will come back with my fees.”
Professor Angba added that students of CRUTECH would always excel academically, if an enabling environment for excellence is created for them to excel.
In that regard, he disclosed that CRUTECH recently came out top in the South-South of Nigeria and fourth out of one hundred and seventy universities in Nigeria, in an entrepreneurship competition organized by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and sponsored by Oxfam Foundation.
He submitted that the management team of CRUTECH is blessed with the right manpower to create an enabling environment that will consolidate on that feat.
By CRUTECH Media Team