By Our Correspondent
An Eight Man Committee has been inaugurated to restructure the Cross River State Institute of Technology and Management ITM, Ugep.
Performing the inauguration, the Deputy Governor of the State, Professor Ivara Esu, said the Committee is set-up to restructure the Institute with the overall aim of cutting down operational and running cost while yet being as effective as it is purposed to be.
The Deputy Governor expressed utmost confidence in the highbrow team as constituted,
saying that they are comprised of eminent technocrats and educationists of sound repute who according to him will work assiduously by bringing their wealth of experience to bear in the onerous assignment by making significant contributions in updating, restructuring and streamlining the operations and management of the institution.
Professor Esu, informed that the vision behind the establishment of the technologically driven citadel of learning is the desire of Government to promote technological education with the aim of driving national development through production of world class graduates in different fields of technology with a central focus and mission on students’ success translated into jobs and wealth creation through enterprise development, individual and partnership business formation, for economic growth.
According to the Deputy Governor, employment outcomes to meet the needs of students, the local communities of the state, the nation and beyond required the development of a foremost entrepreneurial polytechnic which is why government partnered with Highbury College, Portsmouth, UK to establish our own ITM Ugep.
Professor Esu observed however, that recent developments call for critical re-examination of the status of the Institution vis-a-vis its operation, management and status with a view to repositioning it to meet global standards and the original aspiration of the states, stating that the most critical, is to maintain a high class level and consolidate hands-on entrepreneurial development activities of the institution.
He added that he is aware that this may involve difficult and critical decisions, but expressed optimism in the ability of the committee to deliver.
The eight man committee has Chief Wilfred Inah, a former Permanent Secretary in the state as Chairman and Chief Ibikunle Oyeyemi as Secretary.
It will be recalled that CrossRiverWatch exclusive broke the news about plans by government to downgrade the status of the school Governor Ayade Plans To Downgrade ITM Ugep To Technical School
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