Prof. Anthony Owan-Enoh, the immediate past Provost of the Cross River State College of Education and Professor of Philosophy of Education, has been appointed by Cross River state governor, Liyel Imoke, as the new Vice Chancellor of Cross River State University of Technology, CRUTECH. Government announced the appointment in a release aired on state media outfit, CRBC and monitored by calitown.com. Owan-Enoh takes over from Prof. Enebong E. Enebong whose five-year tenure ended last month.
However, the appointment is generating controversy as sources within and outside CRUTECH maintain that due process was not followed and that Owan-Enoh may have enjoyed Executive support over and above others considered more on the ground. But other sources on the ground too say that they are happy with the appointment of Owan-Enoh. One source told calitown.com that, “we are happy that government has brought him to CRUTECH to replicate the good work he left behind in COE here. He has even promised us that within 24 months, he is going to give CRUTECH an ultra-modern library”
Again another source pointed to the fact that, “atleast this man will be able to play the politics that the former VC was unable to play. He will be able to go to the governor and not always wait to be intimidated by the Education commissioner. He is a politician like all of them and he will run this school well”.
Perhaps too, the issue of non-payment of CRUTECH staff salaries since the beginning of the year, will be tackled as calitown.com had earlier reported that the absence of a VC has been one of the reasons behind the non-payment of salaries. The new VC resumed duties on Monday, March 17, 2014.
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