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CRUTECH Alumni condemns host community’s encroachment

Published in Alumni News

THE alumni of Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH), Calabar, has condemned in strong terms, the encroachment into the university’s land by the host community.

National president of the association, Mr Eyam Abeng, made the position of the old students known while speaking with journalists in Calabar, Cross River capital recently.
Abeng, who described the situation as “shocking and embarrassing,” called for the urgent intervention of the state government and lamented that the host community was taking advantage of the state government’s lack of attention to the university, stressing that the community would not have had the courage to encroach on the institution’s land during its polytechnic days.
The association’s president expressed concern that people would claim ownership of government land, adding that by the Land Use Act of the country, land belongs to the government and the university is owned by government.
He said there was no justification for the action of the host community.
Abeng assured students and staff of the university that the alumni association would not sit back and watch “unscrupulous elements tamper with either the land or any property of the university”.
“I am very disappointed by the development. Alumni are very upset because the host community is supposed to be very strategic and progressive partners to the university and not to the invaders. I’ve visited the quarters to ascertain the level of damage these unscrupulous elements have done by illegally claiming ownership of CRUTECH land”, he said.
Abeng added: “I also want to use this opportunity to assure the management of the university, staff and students that they are not in this fight alone. The alumni will use every available means within the ambit of the law to reclaim the already trespassed land, while moving expediently to stop encroachment”.
The president who also expressed fear over the security challenges in the university as a result of the encroachment, appealed to the state governor, Prof Ben Ayade, to set up a Special Patrol team to beef-up security in the institution.
“With the development strides of the current vice chancellor which is evident in the rapid infrastructural development going on, the university needs more attention from the state government, especially in the area of security now that there are unknown faces within the school community,” he said.

Inyali Peter

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