The Federal Government of Nigeria has approved a new private university for Cross River State. It is called Arthur Javis University of Science and Technologysituated in Akpabuyo Local Government Area which is about 5 kilometres from Calabar the Cross River State capital.
The news was broken at the end of deliberations of the federal executive council meeting at Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja. It was disclosed by the Minister of State for education Mr Anthony Onwuka that eight private universities were approved all together by the council.
He listed the eight private universities to include Anchor University Ayobo, Lagos to be mentored by the University of Lagos. Arthur Javis University, Akpabuyo to be mentored by the University of Calabar. Clifford University, Owerrinta, Abia to be mentored by Federal University of technology, Owerri, Imo State, Coal City University, Enugu, to be mentored by University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State.
Crown Hill University, Kwara to be mentored by University of Ilorin, Kwara State. Dominican University, Ibadan, to be mentored by the University of Ibadan, Oyo State. Kola Daisy University, Ibadan to be mentored by the University of Ibadan, Oyo state. Legacy University, Okija, Anambra State to be mentored by Federal University of Technology, Akwa, Anambra State.
Arthur Javis University being the first approved private university in Cross River State have elicited a lot of excitement among citizens of the state though very little is known about the sponsors and promoters of the University. It is revealed that the University will be run by Clitter House Nigeria Limited, a Company based In Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Information about the status of the university revealed that construction work on its permanent site have gotten to advance stage with many vital academic and administrative buildings completed and awaiting the commencement of its first academic session.
There are numerous adverts in the net informing the public that the 1st and 2nd batch of admission for the first semester of the University is ongoing. However, there is no official statement or information from the school as regards the admission of fresh students. Also the commencement date or period is not officially declared by the school.
Also worrisome is the prevalent activities of cult gangs and militants notably the Bakassi militants operating in Akpabuyo Local Governmnet Area of the State and by extension in Calabar. It is a known fact that these militants have taken over the running of Akpabuyo local Government area including its secretariat at Ikot Effanga.
Information available to Nigerdelstars news is that most businesses in this local government area are paying a form of taxes termed “settlement” to these militants for protection against harassment and attacks.
Recently, the state governor Mr Ayade in a show of force had led a combined team of both the Army and the Police on a patrol around major streets of Calabar. He had used that occasion to warn the militants to stop their nefarious activities in Akpabuyo Local Government area.
It remains to be seen if these threats will be heeded by the militants and the impact of militancy activities on the successful operation and development of the new Arthur Javis University.