By Patrick Obia
The outgoing Ag. Vice Chancellor of Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) Prof. Akon Joshua, has said the future of the university will start as she hands over officially to the newly appointed Ag. Vice Chancellor of the varsity, Prof. Ogar, David Abua.
The exercise which took place in the institution’s Senate Chamber was witnessed by the Management Staff, Governing Council members and SUG officials.
In her remark, Prof. Akon said: “Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) from inception in September, 2002 has a past, a present and a future. The past of CRUTECH has been documented by the past Vice-Chancellor, the present is being presented by the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Akon Monday Joshua today, while the future will start today as I handover to Professor Ogar, David Abua for the next three three months.
“I wish to use this time also to thank the Governing Council Chairman and Members of Governing Council, Management, Senate, Staff and Students for all their support throughout the six months. In all, God helped us, and today, the 2018/2019 academic session has ended in peace. God bless everyone”. Akon expressed.
In his remarks, the new Ag. VC Prof. Ogar, David Abua, thanked the Governor for appointing him. He warned lecturers and students who engage in sorting as well as those who terrorise the campus to deviate from it or face the consequences that goes with it.
“My foremost gratitude to God Almighty for this new day and His Excellency, Sen. Benedict Ayade for appointing me as the acting Vice Chancellor of this great University. And, I want to appreciate the outgoing Vice Chancellor, Governing Council, ASUU, NASU, SSANU and Students of this great University I thank you all. I am not an outsider, I am close to CRUTECH and was a lecturer at Obubra campus, Faculty of Agriculture as previously called University of Cross River, most of my adjourned was done in CRUTECH as an outstanding University. My coming here is to work as a team and we have all the resources for this.
“I believe we have the intellectual capacity and facilities to improvise the setting of this institution. Students relies on our responsibility for us ensuring a standard environment for their studies and comfortable environment for living. And, the aspect of sorting don’t try sorting. I wouldn’t unleash the measures to nab defaulters in this ceremony because of the visitors in our midst, the strategies are already in place before this day and we are set for implementation. More so, the security of this great institution is my keen priority therefore, cultist amend their ways rightly as smart tech security will be launch to curb illicit act on campuses, We are going to look inward”. He said.
Unleashing his point agendas, he went further: “I have purpose which will be of great interest to me; 1. Security 2. Uplifting the academic standard and enabling CRUTECH the first ten University in Nigeria 3. The welfare of Staffs 4. Infrastructural development across campuses, the fifth but not the last, Generation of funds through IGR, all this i mentioned can’t be accomplished without funding and i will not be able to give all full details on how i will accomplish this, but i have been interacting with top governing council in this great institution for the past few days and i have very sound knowledge of what have been happening now and its previous. However, all this will be accomplish through our collective interest of us”. He ended.
It will be recalled that CRUTECH chapter of ASUU had kicked against appointing anyone outside the institution with a protest letter sent to the State Governor.
The ASUU chairman had told CrossRiverWatch that he’s awaiting further directives from its mother body. When contacted by this reporter, the Chairman, Emmanuel Ettah who replied in a text saying “We be in House of Assembly tomorrow (Monday) by 10 am for a presentation you can be there”.
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