The Vice Chancellor University of Uyo, Professor Enefiok Essien, says his administration is committed to improving physical infrastructure and academic development of the institution.
Essien who spoke during an interaction with journalist in Uyo as part of activities marking the 25th anniversary of the University said he is determined to work towards improving ranking of the university during his tenure.
He explained that all inherited and new projects including the construction of a 1000-capacity lecture theatre, 600 capacity lecture theatre, 500 capacity lecture theatre, construction of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) complex (phase 1), students hostel, central laboratory and a classroom block were some of the ongoing projects he intends to complete.
Essien who also pledged to ensure improvement in the University’s Internally Generated Revenue through establishment of a filling station and block making factory said the university will remain attentive to ensure that all funds and grants due to it are released.
“Under one year of my administration, staff and students have attracted honours and laurels to the university. Several memoranda of understanding between University of Uyo and other institutions have been signed. Staff salaries have been paid as at when due though in percentages due to a shortfall in the personnel allocation to university which affects all federal universities”.
The VC who also solicited the assistance of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) towards the completion of the 500-bed capacity hostel it initiated in the institution years ago explained that the completion of the hostel would reduce the accommodation problem that students in the university face.
Reeling out further achievements within his first year in office, Essien said in addition to the peace and tranquillity between various categories of staff and student unions with management, there has been a smooth operation of academic calendar since his assumption of office.
He disclosed that various staff/ students welfare interventions have been implemented by his administration adding that within one year, he has ensured payment of sustenance allowance, timely promotions, promotion of stagnated staff, redressing of injustices, such as recall of the deserving staff from suspension and resolving controversial delay in staff promotions.
While pledging continued collaboration with host communities to ensure harmonious relationship, he however warned those encroaching on the university land that the management would not hesitate to pull down illegal structures within the university’s campus.