The Management of the University of Calabar in conjunction with the Institution’s Centre for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE) has held a 1-day Retreat for key Officers of the University.
The one day retreat which had participants comprising Principal Officers, Deans, Directors, Heads of Departments and Units was held at the new Senate Chambers of the Institution.
Speaking during the opening formalities, the Chairman of the event and Dean of oceanography, Prof. Francis Emile Asuquo said the objective of the retreat was to get participant acquainted with the policy thrust, mission and vision of the Prof. Akpagu’s led administration.
Prof. Asuquo who is also the Chairman of the Institution’s Committee of Deans opined that beside enhancing a palpable work synergy geared towards propelling the varsity in a realm of higher academic standard, it also affords a platform for participants to get to know contemporary best practice as obtainable globally.
While wishing the participants the best throughout the retreat, Prof. Francis. Asuquo urged them to take advantage of the interactive format of the retreat and ask questions where necessary.
Going into plenary, one of the resource persons and substantive Bursar of the Institution, Mrs. Beatrice Ifeanyi Igwe (ACA) who spoke on “Financial Discipline, e-Payment, Treasury Single Joint Account (JSA): the Unical Experience”, took time to explain the nuances and benefits of key terms as it affects Unical fiscal management.
While highlighting the revenue sources accruable to the University, Mrs. Igwe said the challenge of a seamless fiscal administration in the institution is in balancing very scarce resources with a high demand and therefore, appealed for understanding and patience.
According to her, in order to forge a workable balanced therefore; it is imperative to prioritize based on what is most important and the peculiarity of such demand.
She said meeting the University’s financial obligation is becoming increasingly very difficult because most students have perfected ways of evading payment of school charges which is a major source of IGR.
Mrs. Igwe who informed participants that given availability of funds, she will pay genuine claims without hesitation reiterated her personal conviction of ensuring industrial harmony and a congenial ambience throughout her tenure as Bursar.
The Bursar advised participant to help the Bursary by making all fiscal request early enough, even as she announced some innovations for ease of administration to include and available, front desk, e-mail and phone number(s)
In the same vein, the
Director, Research and Quality Assurance, and one time Deputy Vice Chancellor
Academic, Prof. Austine Obiekezie highlighted the policy thrust, vision and mission
of the present administration to include provision of effective, competent and
reliable administrative leadership that w