By George Odok
The University of Calabar (UNICAL) and the Cross River Department of International Development Cooperation should collaborate in the areas of capacity building and partnership with relevant international partners and agencies.
Unical vice-chancellor Professor Florence Obi during a courtesy visit to commissioner Dr Inyang Asibong said on Tuesday that the ministry is representing the state before international partners and donor agencies.
Obi said that given the ministry’s partnership with international organizations and agencies, it was important for the University to collaborate with them and create synergy for development.
According to her, the University has the manpower to develop the capacity of ministry staff in the areas of report writing, budget presentation, research, project evaluation, among others. other.
She told the commissioner that the University has skilled hands that also manage international water projects.
The VC said that in addition to awarding certificates, the University is ready to partner with other vital sectors of the economy in critical areas of development.
“We are here to seek a partnership with your ministry in the area of capacity building and to enter into all your programs so that the University can also benefit in the area of critical infrastructure development.
“The Ministry of International Development Cooperation is the face of Cross River because of its sensitivity and collaboration with international organizations, development partners and agencies.
“We want to improve the relationship between the dress and the city; such a relationship will produce fruitful results which will also affect the people of the state, ”she said.
The VC praised the commissioner for all the grants and facilities she has attracted to the state through the ministry, adding that her choice to lead the ministry was timely.
In response, Asibong congratulated Obi on her historic appointment as Unical’s first female VC, adding that her accomplishments in the office in four months have been phenomenal.
She assured the VC that the ministry would work with the University to drive the necessary development for the institution.
She described several projects that can be carried out at the university to include micro-projects, cooperatives and agriculture.
She urged the university to appoint an institutional coordinator who would work with the ministry and also to clarify the areas of partnership.
She said this would result in the lifting of a memorandum of understanding between the two parties. (NOPE)
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