Vice Chancellor of Akwa Ibom State University, Prof. Eno Ibanga has said though the institution is owned by the state government, it enjoys its autonomy and does not any suffer interference from the government in its operations as experienced by some state owned universities.
Speaking Wednesday at the main campus of the school in Mkpat Enin local government area on the progress of the school, Prof. Ibanga said the management of the school boasts of a synergy with the Governing Council and the state government.
Prof Ibanga who said the institution has been liberal with its dealings with staff, said they do not owe salaries, and that it encourages staff to go into research, especially in the area of science and technology.
He noted that the school has developed the entire infrastructure to the required standard and what it needs to give students the kind of training that would create jobs for them.
The VC stated that all faculties except three programmes have full accreditation and that the management only admits students within its capacity, noting that the school presently has a total of 7,300 students.
He said the management of the institution does not give opportunity for cultism to thrive and prevents it by thoroughly screening students to the extent that it does not admit students with tattoos.
“I count myself blessed to be a VC of Akwa Ibom State University. We have autonomy, without it, the institution will not succeed and the autonomy has been upheld by the government. The management of Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU) has free hands and autonomy to operate to achieve academic excellence.
“We encourage our staff to go into research and develop the place. Akwa Ibom University has entered into collaborations with some foreign institutions in the area of research and training. We have been very liberal in dealing with staff matters and pay salaries before the end of the month, we give extra incentives to staff”.