Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof Julius Okojie, has warned the Proprietor of the 34th and newest state university in the country, Akwa Ibom State government, against indiscipline and lack of application of sanctions abound in the educational system in general and university system in the country
Professor Okojie gave the advice, while presenting a letter of approval of the Akwa Ibom State University of Science and Technology, Ikot Ikpaidem to Governor Godswill Akpabio in Abuja said universities are established for research, teaching and community service and any one that is unable to achieve these has failed.
He further charged the government to provide adequate funds, while calling on the universities to liberate themselves from the shackles of government by seeking alternative funding. Government should also avoid weak governance structure and ensure adequate provision of data. “Staff and student audit must be carried out every year”, he said.
Responding, Akpabio thanked the NUC for its patience and understanding, in not allowing its hammer to fall on the university some weeks ago.
He explained that the institution was first initiated by the past administration, but two things were wrong. First were its proposed programmes, which, as Okojie also noted, did not reflect a science and technology institution.
The second was its lack of linkage with any community because the founder took land from four Local Governments and in order not to incur the wrath of any of the communities, gave its address as University Town.
A new bill was initiated and the university situated in Ikot Ikpaidem where the most land was taken from.
Akpabio pledged, “In the next five years, we will invite you to come and see the progress the university has made. We are determined to run a system that will make you proud.”
He later told newsmen that the university would be a model in the country.
“It will be national and international in its student intake and staff recruitment.” The university, he added, is going to be affordable and open to ordinary Nigerians.
It will take care of standards by admitting only the number of students it can handle and all students will be on campus
The ceremony was attended by top officials of government, the university, NUC First Bank’s Executive Director, Banking Operations and Services, Mr. Alex Otti. The Bank, the Governor said, will be financing some programmes at the university.