Worried by complaints of inadequate funding of the Akwa Ibom State University, the Chairman, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Hon. Usoro Akpan Usoh, has assured the university management of the preparedness of the House to liaise with the governor for the purpose of ensuring that AKSU is well funded to meet its core mandate.
Hon. Usoro stated this, Thursday, when the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Eno James Ibanga defended the budgetary estimate of the university at the assembly complex. While sympathising with the VC on the challenges faced by management in the task of administering the institution, the Esit Eket/Ibeno Lawmaker said the House of Assembly will draw attention of the executive to the plight of the university. “At appropriate time, we will liaise with the governor to ensure releases are made to you for the running of the university”
Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Eno Ibanga had appealed to the lawmakers to save the university from extinction, lamenting that poor funding and inadequate facility were some of the biting challenges the school was facing. He reasoned that it has become necessary for members of the House of Assembly to do everything within their powers to make AKS a citadel of excellence.
The VC also listed non – availability of hostel facility to accommodate increasing number of students, among other pressing needs that requires urgent attention. “This is the only university that Akwa Ibom State has. We should really be passionate about funding our universities I need money to place AKSU in the best pedestal of all other universities in the world, and we are managing a very volatile group of people (the students).