Ex-CRUTECH VC advocates stiffer penalty for money, sex for grade offenders
By Joseph Kingston, Calabar
The immediate past Vice Chancellor (VC) of the Cross-River University of Technology (CRUTECH), Prof Anthony Owan-Enoh, has called on university authorities to mete out stiffer penalties to culpable lecturers who indulge in sex and marks so as to serve as deterrent.
Owan-Enoh made the remarks during a lecture on ‘Quality Assurance and Architecture of Educational Excellence,’ at a combined convocation of the Cross River College of Education, (COE), Akamkpa.
He charged managers of tertiary institutions to put an end to the situations in which students’ grades are traded for cash and sex, positing that such development was behind the abysmal fall in standard of education in the country.
The professor stressed further that unless something was urgently done to salvage the situation, the present crop of academic staff would bow out from the stage with nothing to offer to the unborn generation.
The ex-VC, who identified poor attitude to academic matters as the cause of the falling standard of education in Nigeria, said quality education took flight when stakeholders in the educational sector treated academic matters with levity.
“Why are we unconsciously converting our huge beautiful looking libraries/laboratories buildings to mere ornaments, examination to mere formalities, project writing to mere rituals, lecture attendance to a matter of choice; above all, the certificate we offer to a mere piece of paper without substance?” he asked.
He said that when teachers/lecturers allow students to ‘sort,’ the teacher or lecturer and the student end up losing their integrity, submitting that an academic leader is one who exhibits intelligence, hard work and integrity.
His words: “Anyone who sorted, altered students’ scores, tied examination scores to purchase of his textbook or handouts, who rarely lectured students, doctored continuous assessment scores is unfit for appointment as provost, rector, VC or principal of a school.”
Enoh, also a one-time provost of the College stressed that if educational excellence was to be achieved, promotion of academic staff should not only be based on competence alone, but that academic staff should be rated on the basis of their integrity and morality.
Calabar-Itu Highway: N’Delta group insists on 21-day deadline (LEAD2)
By Joseph Kingston, Calabar
The Niger Delta Activists Forum (NDAF) has insisted that the ultimatum it gave the federal government over reconstruction or habilitation works on the collapsed Calabar/Odukpani/Itu and Warri/Benin, Auchi roads, stands.
In a press statement made available to our reporter in Calabar on Monday, the group said “Thirteen days ago, we issued a 21 days ultimatum to the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, the NDDC and FERMA to fix the Calabar/Odukpani/ITU and the Warri/Benin/Auchi Federal highways, which has been in extremely terrible state for months now.
“It is on record that barely 48hrs after the ultimatum was released, the NDDC came on inspection tour with a promise to fix the road. By the fourth day, there was a statement by Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs promising to collaborate with four federal agencies to fix the road.
“Two days ago, the Minister for Works and Housing was in Calabar and also promised to commence immediate action on the same road. While we commend these institutions of government for the response so far, we are yet to see any of them deploy equipments to site and the daily sufferings, hardship, loss of lives and goods on that road continues.
The statement lamented the high incidence of robbery, kidnaps and other crimes along those roads and added it was determined to stick to the ultimatum.