The Director-General, Greater Calabar City Development Authority, Comrade Kingsley Ikpeme has called on well meaning Cross Riverians to borrow a leaf from Sir Jarvis Archibong and start investing more in Cross River State to complement State Government’s effort in creating jobs for the teeming youths and boosting the socio-economic status of the State.
Comrade Ikpeme made the call when he recently paid a familiarization/courtesy visit to the Pioneer Vice Chancellor of Arthur Jarvis University – Akpabuyo, Prof. Ani Essien Nkang.
“I want to use this opportunity to commend the Proprietor of the first world class private university in Cross River State, Sir Jarvis Archibong for nursing the idea to invest in education, as it will enhance educational and socio-economic activities in the Greater Calabar geographic area and the State at large,” Comrade Ikpeme remarked.
The Director-General, who reminded the Vice Chancellor of the high premium Governor Ben Ayade places on education, assured the institution that the present administration will continue to create atmosphere that will always support projects that engender societal development, describing the University as a source of pride to State.
He remarked that Sir Jarvis Archibong’s giant strides are no surprise, as his father, Late Brigadier Daniel Archibong, former Military Administrator of Cross River State, played a vital role in the transformation of the Greater Calabar, describing him as a disciplinarian and lover of education.
Congratulating Prof. Ani Essien Nkang on his appointment as the Pioneer Vice Chancellor of Arthur Jarvis University, Comrade Ikpeme hinted that the essence of the visit was to intimate him of the establishment of the new agency of the State Government called the Greater Calabar City Development Authority and her mandate.
The DG said, created on the 9th of June, 2016, under Law No. 22016, his Agency envisages the development of new cities in Akpabuyo, Akamkpa, Biase, Bakassi, Calabar Municipality, Calabar South and Odukpani Local Government Areas respectively, as well as provide regulatory framework for the new city development and expansion of infrastructure outside the State Capital.
Comrade Ikpeme further pointed out that his Agency is not only intended to correct the current unbridled development and urban sprawling in Calabar, but also seeks to expand infrastructure into new city development areas for the benefit of the larger population, thereby decongesting Calabar, the Capital City.
He also lauded the State Governor for creating the Greater Calabar City Development Authority, quipping that his agency will also partner with relevant bodies in order to achieve its mandate.
In his response, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Ani Essien Nkang, thanked the Director-General and his team for deeming it necessary to visit the institution and congratulated him on his appointment as DG, adding that he is aware of Greater Port-Harcourt and Greater Manchester, commending Governor Ayade for establishing the Greater Calabar City Development Authority to decongest Calabar, pledging his support to the Agency as an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) expert.
The University Don also told the DG that the institution’s clerical staff are largely from the host community, adding that tuition fees in the University have been drastically reduced to enable affordability for all.
Prof. Nkang informed the delegation that presently the institution has faculties of Visual & Applied Sciences, Management, Humanities & Social Sciences and 23 degree programmes, adding that the University will kick-start Law and Basic Medical Sciences in October, 2018; with Physiology, Anatomy, Physiotherapy, among others, to follow.
The Vice Chancellor, who described the Institution as a citadel for teaching and learning, with qualified personnel and facilities that meet international standard and best practices, called on parents and guardians to send their children/wards to the school for the acquisition of knowledge.
The VC conducted the DG and his team round the university faculties, library, e-library, workshops, hostels, clinic, as well as the on-going construction work on the faculties of Law, Medical College, Engineering, etc, assuring that the university will do everything possible to maintain the standard it has set for itself.