Iniobong Ekponta, Uyo
Worried by the problem of funding facing the institution, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Uyo (UNIUYO), Akwa Ibom State, Mrs. Comfort Memfin Ekpo, has appealed to the Federal Government to assist the school in its current drive to develop infrastructure at the Nwanniba main campus.
Speaking in Uyo, the State capital, Mrs. Ekpo, a Professor of Educational Technology, lamented the infrastructure decay in the institution, noting that the problem has affected the delivery of teaching and learning in the school. It was at a forum of group of course members drawn from the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Niger State, who converged in Uyo for a special summit.
According to the Vice Chancellor, the institution has been grappling with the challenges of funding, adding that the school she superintended over in the last four years as its first female Chief Executive Officer (CEO), have been making some strides especially in the area of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and other entrepreneurial programmes.
She pointed that more funding would go a long way towards repositioning the school to effectively contribute to the growth and development of the society.
In spite of its lean purse, Mrs. Ekpo, who disclosed that her school had been struggling with the challenges of development over the years through funds coming from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) and Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), lamented that funding from the Federal Government has been so low and called for improvement.
Development of teaching and learning infrastructure at the main campus, according Mrs. Ekpo, have been ongoing at the main campus and urged the Federal Government, corporate bodies and individuals to assist the institution to be able to effective play its role as centre for teaching, research and manpower development.