-University Education: Open Letter to the Senate President-
Mike Udam, a prominent Secondary School Teacher in Ogoja Local Government Area of Cross River State, has made a strong case for the establishment of a Federal University in Ogoja. He made his case through this open letter to Nigeria’s Senate President.
Please read the letter below.
The Senate President
Nigeria Senate
National Assembly
Abuja.
Dear Sir,
Motion for the Establishment of a Federal University in Ogoja, Cross River State
Ogoja is a town in northern Cross River state and the capital of northern senatorial district. The people of Ogoja are peace loving even though greatly marginalized. Ogoja was promised a university in 1975 but instead moved to Calabar the then capital of newly created cross river state. 42 years now, one can imagine the impact of the neglect. Ogoja is the only province that still has not metamorphosed into a state and Abakiliki once under her is now a state capital.
Students from Ogoja usually travel 156km to attend a university at Nsukka, in Enugu state, 193km to search for admission at Wukari in Taraba state, 314km to get to Calabar the state capital to attend university education and 209km to access university education in Makurdi Benue state. The only known federal tertiary schools around here is a College of Education and a senior secondary school located in Obudu and Ogoja respectively. We have been cut off from governance as we toil in our father’s land in search of qualitative education and as such private polytechnics around now have much intake from Ogoja alone.
We are having equal stake in this country and for equity fairness and social justice, I Mr Mike Udam, a teacher and a student yearning to learn more, do move that the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria do consider the establishment of a Federal University here in Ogoja to be known and addressed as Federal University of Ogoja. Two communities Adagom and Ukpagada all in Ogoja local government area are willing to donate their large expanse of land free for the take off of the university.
In the mean time, the Federal Government can relocate the Federal Science College to Ndok at Ntol Comprehensive Secondary School and make use of the already existing facilities there for the take off of the university. This motion is seconded by all well meaning citizens of this country particularly the people of Ogoja geographical zone who shall be the direct beneficiary of this project. I so move and pray that it be given speedy hearing and subsequent consideration.
Mike Udam
Dated today, September 5th 2017
Ogoja