By Inyali Peter
The Alumni association of the Cross River University of Technology is in consultation with stakeholders in the education sector home and abroad to ensure the varsity tops the next rankings says the president Eyam Abeng at the body’s launching for a new centre held last week Saturday in Calabar.
Abeng posited that there was need for the body to assist the institution’s management in ensuring quality education is been delivered hence the need for the Alumni’s decision to network as well as build the maiden alumni building.
“The establishment of the alumni centre represents a vital part of the National executive council’s (christened The Consolidation Team) commitment to providing a platform for members and our future alumni” Abeng said, adding that, “I believe this alumni center will assist our alma mater become one of the very best universities in Nigeria in terms of research, technology transfer and technoppreneurship (sic)”.
He further disclosed the bill of quantity for the structure to be 400 million Naira which he said will comprise of a 500 sitter capacity auditorium, ICT centre of 50 computer systems, guest house, and indoor sport facilities among others.
Earlier, the Chairman of the occasion senate leader in the 7th assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Victor Ndoma-Egba pledged to promote youth education, graduate enterprise amongst others.
Represented by Ernest Irek, Ndoma said that, “As I have always done, I shall use my new position of chairman of NDDC to advance and emphasize the importance of education of Nigerian children by investing in infrastructure such as the Alumni centre proposed by CRUTECH Alumni and future of graduates of all levels. Young Nigerians must be helped to have sound and quality education to take over from us”
Also, the chief launcher, and Cross River State gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the 2015 general elections, Odey Ochicha stressed the need for the revitalization of the education sector and called on the state and elites to invest in it.
“Not many products of Nigerian Universities love going back to give back to their alma mater. For this reason, we should encourage CRUTECH alumni. We must invest in education” Ochicha said and urged policy makers to invest more on the education of the youths.
About N12 Million was raised during the launching.
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