By Patrick Obia
The College of Heath Technology Calabar, on Tuesday, 30th April 2019, matriculated a total of seven hundred and thirty three students (733) into the College and decries inadequate accommodation.
The 12th matriculation ceremony took place in the College premises along Mary Slessor Avenue, Calabar, Cross River State.
In her address, the Provost of the Institution, Mrs. Janet Alorye welcomed the guests, students as well as parents.
She pointed out that the school have achieved success in many areas including entrepreneural acquisitions.
Janet Alorye however expressed fear on the expired accreditation status and inadequate accommodation in the College.
“I will like to remind our invited guests that because we have in the person of ambience of our Digital Governor in the person of Sen. Ben Ayade, that is why we can confidently express the following as our challenges: expired accreditation status of the College; apart from the higher National Diploma Programme in environmental science and health information, eight programmes are professional diploma have expired and need urgent attention. Failure to do this will prevent these matriculating students from being index by their professional regulatory council on board.
“Seventy percent of our students are expected to stay on campus. However, only about 45% of the entire student live. It is worthy of note that the cafeteria where the students live has collapse since September last year. They have now relocated to a make shift structure, we worry about the safety of our children.”
She added “the two utility vehicles in the College are over nineteen years old , they were about during our Excellency, Donald Duke period and they are no longer functioning.”
The State Governor represented by the Commissioner for Education, Mr. Godwin Ettah, said Government have put quality facilities and programs that are capable of transforming them (students) from where they are now to something useful to the State and communities in line with stated objectives.
“For the matriculating students, government have put in place quality facilities and programs that are capable of transforming you from what you are now to something more useful to the State and community in line with the stated objectives.
“This can be achieve only when you make yourselves available and corporate with the staff and management of the College in receiving the necessary training. I’m therefore calling on your commitments on studies, loyalty and discipline in all areas.” He advised.
Also speaking, Director General, Primary Health Care in the State, Dr. Betta Edu encouraged the matriculating students to be studious and hard working adding that the Governor has already provided spaces in government for them, urging them to graduate with good grades.
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