The Vice Chancellor of University of Cross River State, Prof. Augustine Angba, has officially launched a students welfare project codenamed "Feed One, Train One Student (FOTOS)".
The launching took place on Friday, November, 5, 2021 at the New Cafe of Calabar campus as part of activities lined up to celebrate his one year anniversary as substantive Vice Chancellor of the institution.
The First Anniversary celebration ceremony started with a prayer session where praises and supplications were offered for the growth and development of UNICROSS.
In the second part of the ceremony, the Chairman of the occasion and Commissioner for Quality Education in Cross River State, Dr. Godwin Amanke in his opening remark, described the Vice Chancellor as a very good performer.
He said: "I am very delighted to be here. The first year has been very impactful and transformational. At the ministry of Education, we are delighted at his performance within his short stay in office."
The Honourable Commissioner added that the ministry is expecting more from the Vice Chancellor.
He said: "We expect a 100 meter race in five years to come. We expect that the university in a short while will surpass UNICAL in terms of admission. It is on this note that we changed the name to UNICROSS to expand the scope to accommodate other facilities. To my friend, Angba, I look forward to seeing more of your doggedness, astuteness and commitment in the days ahead".
On his part, the Vice Chancellor stated in his welcome address that: "It is a privilege to be here to celebrate the first year in office as substantive Vice Chancellor of UNICROSS. We have enjoyed consistent subvention and we appeal for increase. We are believing that very soon we should have infrastructure on campus named after you, Honourable Commissioner, as we proceed in this transition. What we are practically doing is to rebrand CRUTECH. It is the job of the governor to change the name on paper but it is our job to rebrand it in our character."
Prof. Angba described his management team as one of the greatest achievements of his administration in the last one year. He said: "I wish to say that the greatest achievement for me is the management team I am working with. I have never seen a management team so sincere and committed to work as the one I am working with. I commend the management team, the Governing Council, the various unions in the university, teaching and non-teaching staff and our students".
On the Feed One, Train One Student (FOTOS) project, Prof. Angba called for support from individuals and corporate bodies, saying: "As I speak to you, I want to tell you that more than fourty persons have called to indicate commitment to this project. I call on more support both from individuals and corporate bodies to key into this project. I want to assure you that the type of UNICROSS you desire to get is what you will get."
He justified the project by recalling how he passed through very difficult times during his undergraduate program.
He said: "My father who was a messenger lost his job three weeks after I received my admission letter into University of Ibadan. From Year One, I was always falling out of school because I had to go and hustle to raise money to stay in school."
Highpoint of the event was the launching of the 'Feed One, Train One Student (FOTOS) project and Presentation of prizes to winners of various competitions.
In the essay competition which received more than fifty entries, Uti Godson Kujoh-Ade of Department of Medical Physiology in Okuku campus took the first position while Wellington Daniel of Anatomy Department also in Okuku campus took the second position.
Accordingly, one session's school fees will be funded for Godson Kujoh-Ade as first prize while one semester's school fees will be funded for Wellington Daniel as second prize.
In the football competition, Team Faculty of Education clinched the first position and got a trophy for it while Team Obubra Campus emerged second and got a trophy for runner's up.
Similarly, Ogoja campus came third in the competition and got a trophy for third placed team.
Also, Mrs Nkami Babatope of Department of Visual Arts emerged as winner of the FOTOS logo design competition.
She was presented with a cash reward of N15,000.00.
The anniversary celebration will round off tomorrow, Sunday November 7 2021, with a Thanksgiving Service at Redeemed Christian Church of God, King's Court Parish, Murtala Mohammed highway (near Calabar-Calabar Roundabout).
The service will begin at 9am.
UNICROSS MEDIA TEAM