CRUTECH Goes Broke, How Government, Management Caused It – Investigation

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By Ushang Ewa

CRUTECH Calabar Main Campus gate
CRUTECH Calabar Main Campus gate

Investigations by CrossRiverWatch have revealed how bad decisions from the management of the Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) and lack of attention from the Cross River State Government has led to the current financial challenges faced by the institution.

CrossRiverWatch findings showed that the balances in the several institution’s accounts were recently mopped together by the Bursar under the directives of the Vice Chancellor (VC), Professor Owan Enoh and amounted to less than 2 million Naira when sources say it costs a minimum of 250 million Naira to run the varsity per month.

“It began back when former Governor Liyel Imoke fell out with the then VC Professor Eneobong for employing non academic staff when the directives were for him to only employ staff in the academic cadre” a top management staff said on condition of anonymity.

Findings also revealed that following a strike by the institution in 2010 and 2011, subvention was increased to 169 million per month and following the employment, the wage bill of the institution ran up to 180 million with the remaining sum augmented from school fees and money generated from other sources.

Also, the then Eneobong led administration was spending close to 16 million weekly on diesel to power the main campus in Calabar only which was much to the chagrin of incumbent Professor Owan Enoh when he assumed office with the current price of Diesel meaning the institution needs about 22 million to power the main campus alone with less than 50 percent of the staff quarters supplied electricity from the generating set.

Currently the wage bill stands at about 210 million and subvention remains at 169 million with the varsity’s management at lost as to solutions to the problem.

“The VC is pondering going to the Governor but the question is what his reaction will be because MDA’S are not receiving imprest and the state is the one paying our salaries which forms part of the subvention” a member of the school’s senate told CrossRiverWatch.

“The government is blaming management but even if CRUTECH did not employ non academic staff, back then we had very few professors now the figure has even tripled if not more than that.

” We have more Doctors now, associate professors and what about promotions? We are also losing staff because they are not being paid their honoraria when they travel to satellite campuses. Look at me, I traveled to Ogoja, Okuku, Obubra and throughout last year my honorarium was not paid, I do not want to mention this session, I mean this year and we are already in the second semester!

“The NUC warned about multi campus structure but Donald Duke would not listen and now the subvention needs to go up to 200 million for CRUTECH to be safe financially or we will run into debts and maybe even liquidation because students are not even paying school fees to help matters” the Senate member said.

Furthermore, findings revealed that staff studying abroad and sponsored by the state government may soon return back as they cannot continue due to lack of finances from the state scholarship board and no funds for the varsity to support them.

When asked what can be done to move the institution out of the current situation, a few staff who spoke said that the answer lies with the Governor as the varsity has no business venture that is generating enough funds.

Recently, the stakeholders called for the privatization of the institution by the Cross River State Government if funds cannot be provided to run the varsity efficiently.

Unconfirmed information reaching CrossRiverWatch also suggests that the staff unions are planning to embark on an industrial action.

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2 commentsOn CRUTECH Goes Broke, How Government, Management Caused It – Investigation

  • CrossRiverWatch should, with immediate effect, reduce the time they take to moderate comments from days to no more than two hours.

    In this period of information age, news change by the minutes and they have no reason not to publish comments that readers made within two hours from when the comments were made on their website.

  • I agree that the Management of CRUTECH and the Cross River State Government are responsible for the current financial challenges facing the institution.

    Unqualified and incompetent personnel have been appointed to management positions by government officials who are more concerned with nepotism and tribalism than qualifications and experience.

    A former provost at the Cross River College of Education, Awi, Akamkpa was appointed Vice Chancellor of CRUTECH, a technological institution. Non-engineers should not be appointed VC of CRUTECH given the mission of the institution.

    Not only do the institution administrators lack educational qualifications, they also lack management experience. I have read many a time where the VC is always deferring solving problems to the state governor. CRUTECH website just like everything about the institution is pathetic.

    Why waste money to send staff overseas for training when there are many Cross River government-sponsored foreign-educated Cross Riverians currently living overseas who want to return home as long as they are guaranteed employment.

    Cross River State need CRUTECH now more than ever if the state wants to develop technologically.

    CRUTECH has never published an annual report detailing their contributions to the development of the state. Yet they keep asking for more financial support from the state. They should not be wholly depended on the state financially.

    The government must appoint qualified and experienced, preferably foreign-educated school administrators, with engineering degrees to management positions at CRUTECH if the institution is expected to make any meaningful contributions to the development of the state.

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