By Jonathan Ugbal; Government House Correspondent
The Cross River University of Technology, CRUTECH yesterday began her 13th matriculation ceremony with 1,751 students participating in the ceremony even as reports indicate that the state government has paid arrears owed staff of the institution for the month of April 2015.
The Vice Chancellor, VC of the institution, Professor Owan Enoh in his address in Calabar and Obubra campuses opined that things are never equal in reality owing to the nature of mankind and was quick to add that the institution will only achieve the heights it intends if the staff and students work in tandem as it is gradually gaining the required attention.
“It is ironic that under a variegated group as this and in the instant of today’s occasion, members of this community will bear full responsibility for their outcome. We can only assure the public of our strong resolve for optimum service; either to improve on their good elements and enable them achieve the realizable optimum of their personalities or in the alternative, eliminate the bad stains in them in order for the good to find expression and grow to full stature.
“CRUTECH is an institution in transition and in a hurry to find its place within the vortex of fame and recognition among its kind. Today, we pride ourselves for presenting such a clean environment that triggers wonder in the mind of every visitor, while our fast growing infrastructure has, within the recent past, left a deposit of confidence on members of the university community, staff and students alike, as indeed the general public to the logical conclusion that all is set for the great take-off”.
The ceremony which began in the Calabar campus was repeated at the Obubra campus with the Ogoja and Okuku campuses scheduled for today where 580 students will be matriculated bringing the total to 2,331.
In a related development, reports reaching CrossRiverWatch indicate that staff of the institution were yesterday August 11, 2015 paid their April salaries by the state government following a directive by Governor Benedict Ayade in what sources say is a move to stall the proposed strike planned by staff of the institution following the inability of the state government to pay pending salaries for the months of April to July, 2015.
The directive, CrossRiverWatch learnt is a prelude to clearing the backlog of salaries and will see staff of the institution enjoying the same salary pay day as every other public sector in the state.
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