The Vice Chancellor of Universitiy of Cross River State, Prof. Augustine Angba says he has a vision to embark on free feeding programme for students of the institution.
He made this known on Wednesday, when a group of Obubra Academics paid him a courtesy visit in his office. Prof. Angba said: “We have a very bogus programme for Obubra. I have a vision to embark on free feeding programme for our students. This cannot work without cafeteria and I am planning to build three cafeterias here in campus. My target is that three to four thousand students should have free meals and to achieve this, we need lands to establish poultry farms.”
The VC called on the group to liaise with the host communities in Obubra to allow students make use of their lands, saying: “Obubra campus is my campus. We can’t do agriculture without lands. I think we need to sit back and ask ourselves why people are not coming to Obubra. It is because we are not making agriculture attractive. The indigenes there are not allowing the students use their lands for practicals.”
Prof. Angba made reference to the Universitiy of Ibadan where the host communities leased out their lands to students to farm and called on the indigenes of Obubra to emulate that gesture. He said: “If we allow students to farm, it will be attractive to study agriculture.”
In his opening remark, the leader of the group, Prof. Okorn Osam who is also the Acting Dean of PG school, UNICROSS,
said: “This is a forum that just cropped up last year. We saw the need to form this forum to address most of the issues affecting Obubra because we see ourselves as the light of Obubra. We congratulate you for your appointment and also for the ones you have extended to Obubra sons. We are here to tell you that we are one of the host communities of UNICROSS. We appeal that more programmes and new courses should be introduced to Obubra campus to boost the population in the campus. Also sir, we are appealing that you should extend your visit to Obubra. We are appealing that some of the largesse such as admission quota and job opportunities that host communities enjoy should be extended to Obubra.”
In his reaction to those remarks, the VC thanked the group for the visit, saying: “To come this far, means you have me in mind. I appreciate this, God bless you.
I just observed that all the Deans I appointed, four are indigenes of Obubra. Dean of PG School, Chairman, Committee of Deans, Dean of Students Affairs. As think-tank, we need to look for opportunities to increase our IGR as an institution.”
Similarly, the VC said: “Another factor is the pressure staff put on students. I call on the lecturers in that campus to be ethically upright and make agriculture attractive to the students. We need to engage the Clan Heads to discipline defaulters. In that regard, we are asking you to bring the best students from Obubra, those with First Class and good 2.1 so we can engage them. I feel marginalized because the best of our people are on the street.”
The VC also asked the group to gather the details of their children looking for admission and bring to management, saying that “I want to assure you that anything I cannot do in Obubra campus, no other VC will do it because that is my area.”
In his vote of thanks, Prof I. O. Ajake said: “We want to tell you that as Obubra Academics, we are going to be development and change agents. At anytime, you can call on us to assist you, we are ready to partner with you.”
Highpoint of the visit was the presentation of Award of Merit to the Vice Chancellor by the leadership of the group.