A World Bank ‘Road Survey’ Team headed by Engr. Aminu Kado called at the office of the Vice-Chancellor, Arthur Jarvis University, to brief the AJU Management on their reason for their presence around the University environs.
The team arrived the University at 12:34 pm and was formally received by members of the University Management in the Vice-Chancellor’s Conference Room. The World Bank intends to undertake construction of 65 Km of rural roads in Cross River State. A commensurate proportion of the roads to be constructed falls into Akpabuyo Local Government Area in which Arthur Jarvis University is located. The roads that would be reconstructed are selected based on a group of criteria chosen by World Bank. One of the criteria is that the roads must offer access to the affected communities to important facilities such as hospitals and schools. For this reason, few roads in Akpabuyo that meet up the World Bank criteria were chosen for reconstruction. Luckily, the Ikot Efanga access road to Arthur Jarvis Hospital, and access to the University’s Community Service programmes falls among the roads selected for Akpabuyo. The mission of the team was to undertake a survey of the existing ‘community access’ road network that by-passes the University campus. At the end of the digitally facilitated survey, the visiting team would submit a report to the World Bank for commencement of further steps towards immediate implementation of the planned road project. Engr. Aminu Kado in his speech stated that they were in Cross River State in conjunction with Cross River Rural Access Mobility Project, CR-RAMP. He said that their job is to undertake a survey of roads fit for construction based on the set criteria by World Bank and that Arthur Jarvis University access road has met all the criteria as demanded by the World Bank.
The Vice-Chancellor of Arthur Jarvis University, Prof. Julian O. Osuji thanked the team for their visit, affirmative comments and assurances that the University’s access road network would be reconstructed. He remarked that their coming would yield positive impact on the University and provide succor towards achievement of the hopes and dreams of the Institution, the host community and all stakeholders. Noting that AJU is the first Private University in Cross River State, the Vice-Chancellor informed the guests that any project that imparts positively on the Institution would, no doubt, affect the State positively. The Director, Academic Planning of the University, thanked the team for coming and informed them that their visit is such that will put smiles on the faces of both the AJU Community and the neighboring communities. He also pledged AJU’s support in making the work move forward. The Dean, Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences, Prof. Ani Nkang, added that AJU has the expertise for Impact Assessment Studies with appropriate Environmental Management Plan which could be the University’s contribution towards fast tracking of the project.
The Dean, Faculty of Humanities, Management and Social Sciences, Prof Offiong Ani Offiong, commented that history has been made by the visit and, once more, thanked the team for coming. The reception was concluded with group photographs. Members of the AJU community present at the reception include were: Prof Julian O. Osuji (ViceChancellor), Mr. Idim E. Ekanem (Ag. Registrar), Mr. Peters C. Agbafor (Chief Accountant), Prof. Ani Nkang (Dean, Faculty of Applied and Natural Sciences), Prof. Offiong Ani Offiong (Dean, Faculty of Hum Academic Planning), Dr. Andem Effiong (Director, AJU Consultancy and Development Centre and Head of Department of Business Administration), Dr. Marie-Therese Duke (Medical Officer, Arthur Jarvis University Hospital), Mrs. Ngozi Ughas (Assitant Registrar, Academic Affairs of the University).
On the World Bank and Cross River Rural Access Mobility Project, CR-RAMP team were: Engr. Aminu Kado (Head of delegation), Engr. Suleiman Abdulmalik, Mr. Bisong Stephen, Mr. Godgift Ogban, Evang. Mrs. Abigail Duke JP, Rt. Hon. Chief. Effiom Okon, Mr. Etim Archibong.