Friday, 11 October 2019

SUG suspends students' Week to seek govt intervention on security challenges appeal extension of S/fee payment

BY: Asuquo Cletus and Elizabeth Elemi

The Students Union Government (SUG) of Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) has suspended all activities regarding the students' week celebration s they appeal to the state government to intervene in the security challenges facing the institution.

This suspension is as a result of the recent killing of a 400 level student identified as Felix from the faculty of Education.

The incident occurred at a time the institution is observing her students week which commenced on Wednesday with the rag day display. Other activities scheduled for the week that has just been suspended include cultural displays, carnival, picnic and tours.

The SUG Vice President, Miss Nkese Felix in a phone interview with CrutechPress stated that the management of the institution gave the instruction for the immediate suspension of all activities concerning the week. According to her "The Management has instructed us not to continue with the week. This they said is as a result of the insecurity threat posed by the recent killing on campus".
She added that the union appealed to management to allow them continue with the activities to no avail. She said " We appealed to them to allow us carry out the carnival and other activities but the management has not agreed for now so everything is on hold because of the security challenge".

On his part the SUG senate president, Prince Effiong Okon appealed to the state government to take drastic measures in ensuring that the insecurity threat in CRUTECH is fought to a standstill. According to him "One of the major challenge in CRUTECH is insecurity and it is no more news. I will not put the blame on anyone, neither the management or SUG but the state government".

According to him, the SUG has written several letters to the state government over time to intervene but to no avail. He said " Since I was the SUG Secretary General last year, we have been writing to the state government to come to our aid and they have been promising us up till now, nothing has been done".
He recalled the visit from the delegation led by the speaker of Cross River House of Assembly saying "And just of recent , the house of Assembly visited us abs we told them of our problems but till now nothing has been done. So for our safety and that of other students, we shifted the carnival due to security challenges".

It will be recalled that within the space of three months, the institution has lost two students to cult related clashes.