By Ushang Ewa
Staff of the Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) resident in the staff quarters of the Calabar campus of the institution have met over the quit notice issued to them and maintained that the state government approved the rate they currently pay with the contentious boys quarters inclusive.
Sources in the varsity say the staff met Wednesday evening between 6 and 9 PM at the quarters where it is said the report of the committees set up in a previous meeting held about a fortnight ago were reviewed with a copy of the Vice Chancellor’s reaction to the stance of the staff published by CrossRiverWatch read to the hearing of all.
The report it is said, sparked a debate when findings revealed the VC may have goofed as they say the state government had sent a team of valuers who proposed an “Economic Rent” with the boys quarters inclusive which was approved by the then Governor of the state who is also the visitor of the University.
CrossRiverWatch could not ascertain the governor who approved the said rent though unconfirmed information suggests it is either Mr. Donald Duke or Senator Liyel Imoke.
Another source who also didn’t want to be named, says the staff wondered why Owan Enoh (VC) will mention defacing the institution’s property when there are debts owed by management to staff for the “repairs, renovation and sometimes rehabilitation of the properties”.
It will be recalled that CrossRiverWatch had reported that the management of CRUTECH in a circular signed by the registrar, Mr. Gabriel Beshel had directed staff to ensure the boys quarters attached to them are vacated by December 31, 2015 or risk the seizure and reallocation of the buildings they are occupying.
This, as reported by CrossRiverWatch bred an atmosphere of tension with staff meeting to discuss how to tackle the issue which the Vice Chancellor in an interview said it was to ensure peace in the university community and protect junior staff from “Shylock landlords”.
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