A bill for the ammendment of the Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) establishment act, has passed second reading.
while highlighting the major areas the said amendment bill proposes to cover.
Presenting the bill, titled “University of Cross River State Bill 2019”, the member representing Ogoja State Constituency and Majority Leader of the 9th Cross River State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Peter Odey, said the amendment seeks to widen the scope of the University and protect if from losing some of its departments following a new policy by the Nigerian University commission (NUC ).
Peter Odey further said,, aside the name of the institution which the bill seeks to modify, other areas of focus for the new bil include the courses offered by the institution and the mode of its administration by lecturers and administrative staff.
He stressed that the current status of the state versity as a “University of Technology” limits it from offering courses pertaining to medicinel, agricultue, education, arts and humanities .
Odey further informed the house that some of the non-technological courses offered by the institution, especially Education, will be lost in no distant time as the Nigerian University Council (NUC) has, recently enacted a policy which restricts higher institutions from offering courses outside their scope of bid.
He went further to assert that Agricultural courses offered in the Obubra campus; Medical and Managerial courses offered in the Ogoja campus and others, will all be lost when this said new policy of NUC is implemented by next year. He recalled that during the last accreditation exercise, the department of Mass Communication had to change its name to department of Information & Technology before it could scale through the exercise.
The Honourable member also stated that with the proposed new status of a conventional university, the institution can secure accreditation to offer courses like, Law, Medicine and Surgery, and other related courses in medical, management and agricultural fields. This, he said will not only broaden the scope of the institution, but, will also create employment and gainful engagement for Cross Riverians as well as benefit More from the Tertiary education trust fund (TETFUND).
Odey said the proposed ‘University of Cross River State’ (UNICROSS) will maintain the four(4) campuses currently operated by CRUTECH, moreso, he said, the Yala campus will be centre for all Medical-related courses,the Ogoja campus will carter for all Arts and Humanities-related courses ,the Obubra campus will take care of all Agricultural-related courses while the Calabar South campus will strictly provide for only Engineering-related courses.
Others who Contributed to the bill are, Rt. Hon. Itam Abang of Boki 1; Rt. Hon. Hilary Bisong of Boki 11; Rt. Hon. Ephraim Okon of Calabar South 1; Rt. Hon. Nelson Ofem of Yakurr 1; Hon. Edward Ajang of Bekwarra; Hon. Godwin Akwaji of Obudu; Hon. Cynthia Nkasi of Yala 11; Rt. Hon. Regina Anyogo of Yala 1; and, Rt. Hon. Ogbor Ogbor of Biase who all spoke in support of the bill.
However, Rt. Hon. Friday Okpechi of Obubra 1 and Hon. Francis Asuquo spoke against the bill, arguing that the bill and its proposed focus was not necessary but rather, a step-up in the school’s standard while still maintaining the name was what was necessary at this point.
The bill which has been read a second time was passed to the house committee on Education to deliberate and report to the Floor of the House in two weeks.