-Blogger describes His Alma Mater as an Orphan-
Inyali Peter, blogger and active user of the social media, has described his alma mater, Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH), as “an orphan in a government of two professors”.
He gave this description yesterday on his Facebook timeline.
Blogger Inyali Peter raised an alarm about the condition of the university, stating that: “CRUTECH staff are suffering. The institution may witness mass exodus of staff very soon because of unpaid salaries and staff earned allowances”.
He recalled the antecedents of Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State as an academic and lamented that “This is very regrettable and unfortunate considering that the Governor spent his formative years in not just a university but also a State University like CRUTECH. I don’t think he was treated this way in Delta State University when he worked there as Lecturer.”
Inyali Peter graduated from the Department of Mass Communication in CRUTECH in 2011/2012 academic session. He is an academic staff of University of Calabar in the university’s newly established Department of Mass Communication. Inyali also owns a blog known as “Fearless Reports” (www.fearless reports.com). He describes himself on his Facebook profile as: “A straight forward man who believes in speaking and defending the truth even as a minority of one.”
According to his post, “Most CRUTECH best brains today prefer to work elsewhere than activating the pride of returning to give back to their Alma mater. A few who are there are seriously looking for ways of leaving because of the harsh workers welfare condition they are subjected. CRUTECH should be the pride of every Cross Riverian; every lover of education including our Governor and Deputy who are themselves academics.”
“We MUST not allow CRUTECH die. We MUST not allow the institution continue to lose staff to other institutions. Since I left that citadel of learning a few years ago, hundreds of staff have switched CRUTECH for other institutions and more are warming up to follow suit all because government does not show enough commitment to workers welfare.”
He stated that CRUTECH deserves to benefit from the Federal Government’s release of cash to states through bailout funds and Paris Club Refund, for the purpose of paying workers’ salaries.
His Facebook post submitted thus: “Oh CRUTECH! Thou have become an orphan in a government of two Professors. I cry loud on top of my voice to heaven, God give us leaders who will have value for education. As an alumnus of CRUTECH, God give us people who will activate the Biblical saying that workers are entitled to their salaries. Please Cross River State government, let CRUTECH staff and many others who are suffering similar fate be paid their salaries as at when due.”
Indeed, Cross River State is the only State that has two Professors at the helm of government, amongst Nigeria’s 36 States. Professor Ivara Esu is Professor Ben Ayade’s deputy. The State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade, lectured in Delta State University before he delved into politics, while Professor Ivara Esu lectured at the university of Calabar where he rose to the exalted position of the university’s Vice Chancellor before he joined Nigeria’s political train.
Some comments accompanied Inyali Peter’s Facebook post. In one of such comments, Betty Oriflame Beshel wrote: “Are you aware that the governor has increased the subvention given to the university from the 169 million that became almost impossible to make up for monthly salaries by the school to 215 million which is the exact wage bill of the university ( meaning they no longer need to look for funds to make up) and has already paid it for September salary? The man is making efforts even in the face of scarce resources. Let’s try to appreciate when an effort is made.”
Also, Mike Michaels Ushie wrote: “54 academic staff and 415 non-academic staff due for promotion as we speak now! You know what I mean? The uni will still need more to meet up such bills!”
LinCornellah’s blog has confirmed that staff of the university received September’s salaries this week. October’s salary is still being awaited. This blog has also confirmed that the government of Cross River State has increased its subvention to the university, as stated by Betty Oriflame Beshel.
However, feelers from that institution indicate that the university’s branch of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is set to resume a strike action over unresolved issues with the Cross River State government. Those issues mainly arise from the welfare condition of staff as well as learning facilities in classrooms, studios and laboratories.
A reliable source in that university informed this blog that academic staff of the university have not received Earned Academic allowances, contrary to ASUU’s 2009 agreement with government. That source disclosed that a meeting of the university’s branch of ASUU is slated for Wednesday, 8th November 2017. According to the source, ASUU’s National Executive Council’s directive on the proposed strike is the only item in the agenda of that meeting.
Meanwhile, Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has reportedly stated that most university students and graduates, especially those in science related courses, have no practical experience in order to make meaningful contributions to Nigeria’s development.
According to www.channelstv.com, the Governor stated this yesterday, when he addressed members of the 12th Governing Council of University of Calabar. Governor Ayade reportedly said:
“Today, we have a very sad situation where products of our universities cannot hold their heads up. It is very saddening when we look at the amount of young people who are seeking to be admitted into Nigerian universities and the entire number of universities in Nigeria, 153 with almost 10 million people seeking admission at a time.”
“We cannot continue to depend on foreigners to give us solutions. The black man is in a very hot climate. It takes a foreign company to provide air conditioner for us. So, where are the professors and researchers in Nigeria?”
- Cornelius Ellah