Release money for accreditation not endorsement, CRUTECH Alumni berate Ayade

Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) Alumni association has berated Governor Ben Ayade over government refusal to release money for the institution to prepare for National University Commission's (NUC) accreditation coming up next month.

The association maintained that the institution may shutdown next month if nothing is done urgently to fund the accreditation.

President of the association, Comrade Eyam Abeng who revealed this to newsmen in Calabar yesterday said regretted that less than one month to NUC accreditation visit, the state government is yet to release a dine to the institution.

Abeng who accused the state Governor, Sen. Ben Ayade of spending money on endorsement rallies across the state at the detriment of the University quarrelled that even the loan taken for last accreditation by the university has not been cleared.

While expressing his disappointment over the seeming government negligence, he called on well meaning Cross Riverians to help the institution persuade the Governor to release funds for the accreditation.

He further revealed that the accreditation has been postponed twice due to paucity of funds adding that the last one was at the instance of the Governor who promised early release of funds to allow the university prepare but has now reneged on his promise as no funds has been released less than three weeks to the exercise.

The President said that "15 out of about 28 undergraduate programmes will be undergoing NUC accreditation by April 2018 and at this point, the Visitor to the University and Governor of Cross River State has not released a dine to the University.

"The accreditation has been rescheduled twice and the second time on the instance of the Governor. This 15 programmes cut across multiple faculties except the faculty of communication Technology.

Some of the affected departments are Physiology, Biochemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical/ Electronics Engineering, Chemistry, Architecture, Physics etc. Should  the university fail the accreditation, it will spell doom to the University as graduates of such departments will not proceed on NYSC and their certificates not recognized".

He appealed that "We are calling on the good people of Cross River State to prevail on the Governor to do the needful as Education is the true  bedrock of sustainable development and Growth of any society.

The last accreditation was carried out on a loan which is yet to be paid in full. Our appeal is that the Governor who is a Professor should not neglect Education, the only antidote against poverty"

While noting that N250Million is needed for the accreditation he added that "CRUTECH is the gate way to the hearts and minds of Cross Riverians as every home either has a graduate as a son or a student as a daughter therefore should not be allowed to die.

"We're particularly concerned and disappointed that the Governor is busy expending money on endorsement where the only state University has no fund for her accreditation. This should not happen in an administration of two Professors who spent their formative years in the University".
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