By Chris Njoku
Prof. Florence Obi, Vice Chancellor, VC of the University of Calabar, UNICAL has disclosed that the policies introduced by the management of the institution were not meant to inflict pain on Students or staff.
Obi made the remark at the UNICAL Chapel of Redemption, Calabar, during the first Sunday of the year service.
The VC who was reacting to the recent increase in school fees in the institution said whatever policy they took at the management level was to ensure that the school and its students stood on par with other universities.
She said the fee increase may have affected the students and parents financially with the hard times being witnessed in the nation, it was not to punish anyone.
“We had to do it because that is the only way we can make UNICAL at least be at par with other universities.
“Our pride is that when we go out and people are talking about universities, UNICAL should be seen as a credible institution and not just to be used for negative examples.
“I admit that it has not been easy running this institution because some people don’t want change, however, any decision we take is for the good of the institution and not for personal interest,” she said.
She added that as an administration, they remained focused on driving the university in the right direction and would not be derailed.
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN recalls that the management of UNICAL after an emergency meeting on December 1 approved the adjustment of charges paid by students, a move which was rejected by the students, causing massive protest on Monday, December 4.