The Cross River Government has disclosed plans to establish a Naval base in partnership with the Nigerian Navy at the riverine area of the University of Calabar.
The state governor, Sen. Ben Ayade disclosed this on Monday in Calabar when the Chairman and Pro-Chancellor of the University of Calabar Governing Council, Gen. Martin Luther-Agwai (rtd), led the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Florence Obi and other members of the Council on a visit to his office.
The Deputy Governor, Prof. Ivara Esu, who stood in for the Governor informed the Chairman and other Council members that the decision to establish the base was reached during the state security meeting.
He said that it was important to establish the base so as to curb insecurity around the riverine area of the university and beyond.
Esu, who is a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calabar, said that the state government places a premium on the management, welfare and running of the university.
“I am glad to receive this great team today because we are all partners in the growth and development of UNICAL.
“On the issue of insecurity, I want to inform you that we have agreed in our last security meeting that we establish a naval base at the riverine area of the university to stem cases of insecurity on campus.
“Most of the bad boys were using the riverside to strike into the university community. We are passionate about UNICAL; we will do our best to ensure the security of students and staff.
“For me as a person, I’m very concerned because I was a Vice-Chancellor of the prestigious University of Calabar,” he said.
He assured the team of the state government’s support for all their activities that would move the university forward.
Earlier, the Chairman appealed to the state government to also look into the issue of land encroachment by some individuals and host communities.
He said that they needed the support of all stakeholders in the state with a view to positioning the university as one of the best in the country and around the globe.
The Chairman of the University’s Governing Council called on other members to support them in their bid to reposition the university for the benefit of all.