By CrossRiverWatch Admin
An educational foundation, Teacher Essien Ita Ita Educational Foundation TEIIEF, has presented a cheque of two million Naira (N2,000,000) only, to the University of Calabar, UNICAL for the fixing of potholes in the institution.
The presentation which was done earlier today, Friday in the office of the Vice Chancellor of the University, is part of the activities to mark the second year remembrance of the demise of Mrs. Temitope Ekpenyong Ita, wife of Mr. Ekpenyong Ita, a former Director General of the SSS and son of late Teacher Esien Ita, who died March 13, 2019.
Speaking shortly after presenting the cheque to the Vice Chancellor of UNICAL, Prof. Florence Obi, Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Foundation, Chief Gersh Henshaw said, the organization is delighted to identify with the first female Vice Chancellor of the institution.
Henshaw said the Foundation was poised to contribute its quota towards the development of the institution hence the donation, which he said, is meant for fixing of potholes in the institution to ease movement of vehicles on campus.
According to him, the Foundation, a non-profit organization, was set up for such purposes, adding that, under the Trust Fund, scholarships will also be offered to indigent students in tertiary institutions.
While thanking the Vice Chancellor for identifying with his team despite her tight schedule, Henshaw said the Foundation is looking forward to exploring other areas of partnership with the institution for mutual benefits.
He expressed confidence in the ability of the Vice Chancellor to turn the tide for the good of the institution and urged her not to hesitate to call on the Foundation whenever the need arises.
Responding, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Florence Obi thanked the Foundation for the kind gesture, and assured that the money will be put to good use.
Prof. Obi described, Ekpenyong Ita, who is also an alumni of UNICAL and son of the late legendary teacher, as a “dependable friend” of the institution adding that posterity will be kind to him for his philanthropic gesture towards the institution and the society at large.
Recalling how he sent security operatives to stop hoodlums from further destroying University property during the #EndSARS Protests, the Vice Chancellor said, ‘’It is not easy to have people help the University. Ekpenyong Ita is a good friend of the University. He has done so much to support us. A call to him, turned things around for us during the #EndSARS protests because the destruction would have been worse than what we saw. The money would be put to good use. The potholes will be fixed in a few days.’’
The Vice Chancellor added that the institution is looking forward to sustaining the partnership with the Foundation.
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