Pro Chancellor and Chairman of Council, University of Calabar, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu has called on the federal and state governments, alumni associations and corporate bodies to step up funding for universities in the country to enable the compete globally.
Iwuanyanwu, who gave the advice, weekend, when the national leadership of the University of Calabar Alumni Association visited him at his Oriental Glass House office in Owerri, stressed the need for collaborative efforts by all stakeholders for the development of Nigerian universities.
According to him, government and people of Nigeria must take three necessary steps to reposition the nation’s universities and improve on the quality of tertiary education.
“Government should devote more funds for the development of universities, the alumni association; corporate bodies should take more interest in partnering with the universities in the country.
“University authorities should step up internally generated revenue. Government alone cannot fund university education if the desired result and standard must be achieved,” Iwuanyanwu suggested.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP chieftain disclosed that UNICAL and University of Florida are collaborating in the areas of medicine and engineering with a view to transforming University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, UCTH, into one of the best in Africa and the world.
“The vision is to make UCTH a preferred destination to most Nigerians seeking medical treatment abroad, while the engineering school will drive the engineering needs of the nation,” the pro chancellor said.
Iwuanyanwu said that the university’s governing council has set up committees on agriculture, marine, and minerals potential development to open up windows of investment opportunities for Cross River state.
Speaking earlier, Mr Ugoji Nwabueze, the National President, University of Calabar Alumni Association, stated that the visit was to commend the council on the level of transformation recorded at the institution since the inception of the new council.
He Ugoji assured that the association was ready to collaborate with the management and council on further ways of improving on the status of their alma mater and called on the federal government to do more in the funding, provision of infrastructure, and welfare of students and varsity workers.
He also appealed to government and varsity unions to return to round table discussion on the issue of funding of the university staff schools to avert any show down in the nation’s ivory towers.

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