Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River has charged the management and students of the Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) to live up to expectation as a technology-based institution by inventing technology that would be used to generate electricity from bore-hole.
The Cross River State governor who gave the charge while on a tour of facilities in the Calabar campus of CRUTECH on Thursday stressed the need for the institution to come up with an innovative technology that will bring a breakthrough in the area of generating electricity power from bore-hole, while expressing his commitment to make the university a world institution by increasing its monthly subvention from One Hundred and Sixty-Nine (N169 Million) Naira to Two Hundred Million (N200 Million) Naira.
Ayade who used the opportunity to meet with university Governing Council, Management and students of the institution also assured that he will increase the funding when the financial situation of the state improves, as he immediately announced the release of Sixty-Five Million (N65Million) Naira to the management to complete the Cafeteria Hall of the university as well as the provision of ten vehicles to the school by next week.
He equally promised to urgently address the state of insecurity in the campus and immediately directed the State Security Adviser (SSA), Mr. Jude Ngaji to provide a perimeter fencing of the campus to prevent further encroachment by the host communities, while charging the students to work hard and be successful.
“If all I do and if I’m not able to prepare a process for transition for young people like you to succeed and be leaders, I have failed. I want you to move above the circumstances of your birth and to believe in yourselves and have confident in yourselves”.
Ayade charged the university management to look inward and come up with innovations that will help propel the institution to fulfill its mandate as a renowned school determined to make a breakthrough in the 21st century.
On the issue of a single campus, Governor Ayade said that it was a very sensitive issue that must be handled with care and that the Governing Council and Management of the institution to collectively agreed on the issue.
Speaking, the Chairman of the Governing Council of CRUTECH, Hon Dr. Emil Inyang commended Governor Ayade for being the first governor to visit the university and appreciated Ayade’s commitment to ensure the university become fully digital.
Also speaking the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Professor Susan Etim, lamented the encroachment of the university land by the host communities which has trigger crime on campus, and also expressed the high numbers of abandoned projects and the lack of sporting facilities on campus.
The students’ Union Government President, CRUTECH, Comrade Emmanuel Odu appealed for more security on campus and called on the governor to facilitate the regular payment of bursary to students and provision of a bus to the SUG. Ayade visits CRUTECH, promise to make the Institute a world class University and increase monthly subvention.