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CRUTECT STAFFPROTESTINSECURITYON CAMPUS

09:51 Jan 20 2016 Cross-River

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Senior staff members of the Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) yesterday embarked on a peaceful demonstration to protest alleged insecurity on campus owing to encroachment by the host community.
Speaking on behalf of the Association of Residents of CRUTECH Staff Quarters, a lecturer, Mr. Ugoji Nwabueze, said members of staff were becoming apprehensive of negative consequences of the porous nature of the institution.
He said: “The reason for this demonstration is to draw the attention of the management, Governing Council and state government over the high rate of insecurity on the university campus.
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“The entire CRUTECH land has been sold and built upon. The implications are far-reaching. CRUTECH may be constrained to stop admitting students in future. The university may also not expand beyond its present level in terms of infrastructure.’’
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Ugoji also disclosed that students of the university had been sexually molested by intruders while they were going about their legitimate studies on campus.
He explained that what was happening in the university was a high level of impunity. The lecturer added that as civilised people they had no option than to embark on the protest.
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Also, Dr Samuel Ntino said that the staff quarters lacked potable water and needed rehabilitation.
He urged the management of the university to urgently provide basic social amenities in the quarters.
The residents later handed over a letter of protest to the Vice Chancellor (VC), Prof. Owan Enoh, for onward delivery to the Governing Council and the state governor.
Responding, Enoh acknowledged the complaints of the staff. He said the management was aware of the insecurity and the encroachment.
The VC commended them for their peaceful posture throughout the demonstration
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