By Nsan Ndoma-Neji, Calabar
The Dènà of the Faculty of Lawn of the University of Calabar, Prof. Cyril Ndifon, has expressed joy over the commissioning of new faculty building, facilitated by former lEader of the Senate, Victor Ndoma-Egba, SAN, to the institution, saying that the beautiful edifice would add value to the faculty.
Ndifon lauded the Federal Government, Ndoma–Egba and the institution’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Florence Obi, for doing everything within her reach to get this dream of having a new structure at the Law Faculty actualized.
The academic don dropped the commendation while speaking during the commissioning of the Law Faculty Building at the University of Calabar, Unical, during the weekend.
Ndifon, who made the remarks during the commissioning of the faculty building being perform same day with institution’s 35th convocation ceremony, conducted Saturday, expressed happiness over the stride, stressing that the edifice would add value to the faculty and the entire institution.
He said, “We promised to make good use of facilities at the building.
“We also thank the facilitator of the Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba Faculty of Law Complex, and many others who contributed in one way or the other towards successful completion of this lofty and gargantuan project.”
The Faculty of Law Dean expressed gratitude over the presence of the Minister of State for Education, Rt. Hon. Goodluck Nanah Opia, for making himself available to commission the project.
Prof. Ndifon added, “To the former Senate Leader, Ndoma-Egba, we are proud of you and above all indebted to you for bringing this project to the school, which has helped in easing the accommodation challenge that had bedeviled the faculty .
“We are sure that the accommodation provided to us by your magnanimity would go a long way towards preparing the faculty for accreditation.
“To our proactive and indefatigable VC, Prof. Obi, you are an achiever.
“Your proactive role in terms of being physically present to “supervise,” always with your jeans trouser running up and down the staircase to ensure that the work was completed. We commend you for that stride.”
Giving a vivid description of the beautiful edifice, Ndifon averred that the faculty structure carries classrooms at the ground floor, with a capacity to seat 500 students, and the third floor with the capacity to accommodate 700 students.
He added, “In between both sets of classrooms, we have lecturers’ offices.”
Earlier, President Muhammadu Buhari, who was represented at the event by the Minister of State for Education, Opia, charged Nigerian universities to re-double their efforts in the training of students in entrepreneurship education.
He said that this would engender a class of graduates trained as job creators in the country.
The President insisted that his administration remains fully focused on meeting legitimate expectations of moulding the future through education.
He lauded the university for the entrepreneurship programme and the partnership the institution has forged with both national and international development partners.
In her reaàrks, the VC, Prof. Obi, stated that the university was in dire need of funds to raise a perimetre fence around the water front to curb cases of insecurity.
Newly installed Chancellor of the school, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, promised to work tirelessly to ensure that the university remains competitive in the global academic community as well as being the best university in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Also, Unical Pro-Chancellor, Gen. Martin Luther-Agwai, rtd, averred that there is no doubt that the university was grossly underfunded.
Luther-Agwai stated that underfunding is as a result of dwindling inflow of funds from government sources.