BY Ifere Paul
Doctor Alex Egbona, Member Representing Abi/Yakurr Federal Constituency was in the State for a tour/oversight function of Tetfund Intervention Projects in the State’s tertiary institutions. Doctor Alex Egbona, a member of Public Accounts Commitee, led members of the committee as the Cross River State coordinator for the visit.
The committee which arrived the State November 24th, 2020, immediately sprung to actions with a visit to the State’s College of Education, Awi, in Akamkpa LGA of Cross River State.
While in Awi, the committee had an interaction session with the management of the institution on Tetfund Projects domiciled in the Akamkpa Campus, which includes College Library Complex, Music/Art Theater Complex, Studio Equipments, and a 30 capacity office complex.
Answering questions from the Honorable Members, the Director of Works, Architect Ntongha Okoi assured the members that all projects inspected will be completed to enable them assess other Tetfund Intervention to the school. He regretted however, that the visit of the Honorable Members to the school was an impromptu one and will do his best to make sure the members have all records about Tetfund Intervention Projects as quickly as possible.
The members took a break from inspection of projects at about 9.15pm and all retired to their hotel rooms after a sumptuous meal at Honorable Egbona’s home.
At about 7am 25th November, 2020, Honorable Member Representing the people of Abi/Yakurr Federal Constituency, Dr. Alex Egbona, and his committee members started their tour with the Cross River University of Technology, Calabar.
The Vice Chancellor of the Cross River University of Technology, Calabar, Professor Austine Angba was on ground as earlier as 7am to receive all the Honorable Members on behalf of staff and students in the campus.
At the CRUTECH Campus, committee members inspected only the Music/Theater Arts Complex and Equipments associated with the functionality of the complex. The committee members through the Chairman made remarks as to the quality of work done, the percentage of work done, and timelines for the completion of the work. Responding, the Vice Chancellor promised all the Honorable Members that their observations has been noted and that the University will ensure that all necessary information is passed to the contractors and or their consultants to effect the changes suggested by the Honorable Members.
Earlier, the proactive Vice Chancellor, begged the Honorable Members to think Cross River State, and particularly, to think CRUTECH for more intervention projects. He averred that “Tetfund Intervention has been a source of infrastructural development in CRUTECH Campuses.” Thereafter, the committee left CRUTECH for the University of Calabar.
At about 11.12am, the Honorable Members arrived the University of Calabar to inspect Tetfund funded projects.
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof. Zana Akpagu was on ground to welcome all the Honorable Members and their personal aides and security orderlies. The Vice Chancellor, during the interactive session in his office told the members that “without Tetfund Intervention Projects, the University of Calabar wouldn’t have been able to build the type of infrastructure we have now. In fact, Tetfund Intervention actually owns the University of Calabar by the quality of projects dotting the University’s landscape.”
The Vice Chancellor assures the Honorable Members that the University of Calabar has fulfilled all its obligations as regards Tetfunding. After inspecting a massive complex undergoing massive construction during the visit, the Vice Chancellor of University of Calabar took the members around all the completed Tetfund projects. The members were impressed at the quality if projects so far completed.
The Vice Chancellor also made an appeal to the two Alumni Honorable Members in the committee to ensure that they attract projects to the school for the incoming VICE Chancellor.
The Honorable Members after the inspection, took time to congratulate the outgoing Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar for a tenure they “infrastructure tenure of Prof. Zana Akpagu.”
After the tour, the committee members departed Cross River State to go on more inspection of Tetfund Intervention Projects in other State in the South South.