By: Itam Offor.
The State Assembly has passed a bill for a law to establish the University of Cross River State, UNICROSS.
The passage of the bill is sequel to the presentation of the report of the House Committee on Education by it’s Chairman, RT Hon. Itam Abang.
According to the report, the Bill which is sponsored by Member representing Ogoja State Constituency and Leader of the House, Rt Hon. Peter Odey seeks to repeal law no 6 of (2004) which established Cross River State University of Technology (CRUTECH) to change the nomenclature of the University from CRUTECH to UNICROSS.
The Committee chairman stated that, the Law which established CRUTECH known as Law no 6 of 2004 was passed by the State Assembly on August 5, 2004 and Washington assented to by the then Governor, Donald Duke adding that the Law was later amended in May 2008 and passed into law in September 26, 2008 having been assented to by the then Governor, Liyel Imoke .
She noted that even with the amendment, CRUTECH was limited in scope in terms of programmes and courses adding that the name restricts the University from offering courses that are not technologically based as well as hinders the National Universities Commission from accrediting courses in other fields of academics to carter for the needs of the teeming youths seeking admission in the State.
A majority of the Members voted for the passage of the bill noting that there was urgent need to repeal the existing law and change the institution from a University of Technology to a conventional university to provide better access to University education for more Cross Riverians and also prevent the delisting of non-technical courses by the NUC.
The Speaker, RT Hon. Eteng Jonah Williams thanked the Committee for their efforts and also commended Members for passage of the bill which is the very first one for the 9th Assembly.