The deceased former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calabar Prof. Bassey Asuquo has been described by Prof. Ani Nkang as a Guru of University Administration.
Nkang who is the Vice-Chancellor of Arthur Jarvis University (AJU), Akpabuyo made the remark at the valedictory service of late Prof. Bassey Asuquo held at the International Conference Center in Calabar, (UNICAL), Cross River State.
His words, “Late Prof. Bassey Asuquo was one of the best Chairman and Board of Trustees of Arthur Jarvis University. Going through memory lane, Nkang said he once served under the Late Prof. Bassey Asuquo at the University of Calabar when he was the Dean of Science”.
As chairman and Board of trustees of Arthur Jarvis University, Nkang recalled that Asuquo played a prominent role in the growth and development of the University since its inception.
Prof. Nkang said that the chairman and Board of Trustees is the highest ruling body in any private university and that Prof. Asuquo was always involved in approving projects as well as treating issues which the university council refers to the Board of Trustees.
“So definitely, as Chairman and Board of Trustees, the role he played in Arthur Jarvis University will be greatly missed. Prof. Asuquo major legacy is that without him Arthur Jarvis University would not have come under this sound footing”
He was the one that led the team that made presentations to the committee of the National University Commission (NUC) for the establishment of this Institution. Prof. Asuquo was hard working, very accessible in his work place, loves humility and was very humble.
Prof. Nkang also said that as the Vice-Chancellor of University of Calabar, Prof. Asuquo made a lot of promotions and paid promotion arrears that were accumulated for over ten years.
And still dwelling on his legacies, he said Prof. Asuquo built and improved on the number of infrastructure including the present administrative block currently occupied by the Vice Chancellor, office of the Registrar, Bursar and also the Senate Chambers of the University among others.
The AJU Vice Chancellor assured that even though Arthur Jarvis has lost the Chairman Board of Trustees, quality education and service delivery will be maintained in the institution.