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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Calabar branch, has donated 200 litres of alcohol based hand sanitisers to the state government.

Chairman of the Union, Dr John Edor, said the gesture was to help the state in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic.

Edor explained that the production of the sanitisers was solely sponsored by ASUU to support the state government proactive measures in the fight against the pandemic.

According to him, the donation was part of the union’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in reaching out to residents in the state.

“Covid-19 as a pandemic does not discriminate against any individual. We can see that the Western World is even hit harder than most African countries.

“Covid-19 is no respecter of any personality. Even ASUU members are potentials victims of the pandemic. As a union, we owe our people a CSR in everything that we do.

“As a union, we have to reach out to the populace in the little way we could, to see how we can contain the pandemic.

“This donation is in furtherance of our CSR and community service. It was solely financed by ASUU members and we are also fully involved in public campaigns for people to know the preventive measures,” he said.

He said that the union had also sponsored radio jingles to further enlighten members of the public across the state, especially those in the rural areas.

Edor commended the state government’s proactive steps in containing the spread of the virus in the state, adding that the union was happy that Cross River is Covid-19 free.

Receiving the itemss, Dr Betta Edu, the State Commissioner for Health, who also doubles as the Chairman of Covid-19 Task force in the state, commended ASUU for their kind gesture.

Edu, who lauded the Union for its magnanimity, added that thier contribution would go a long way in reaching many residents of the state.

“Your effort is immeasurable, the jingles you have produced and put on air can reach well over 1 million people daily and we as a government really appreciate the gesture.

“Your effort has added value to the fight against COVI6D-19 in the state and I want to assure that ASUU Unical branch will have its name written in gold in the roll call of the fight against Covid-19 in the state,” she said.

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Covid-19: Unical ASUU donates sanitisers to C/River gov’t

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Calabar branch, has donated 200 litres of alcohol based hand sanitisers to the state government.

Chairman of the Union, Dr John Edor, said the gesture was to help the state in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic.

Edor explained that the production of the sanitisers was solely sponsored by ASUU to support the state government proactive measures in the fight against the pandemic.

According to him, the donation was part of the union’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in reaching out to residents in the state.

“Covid-19 as a pandemic does not discriminate against any individual. We can see that the Western World is even hit harder than most African countries.

“Covid-19 is no respecter of any personality. Even ASUU members are potentials victims of the pandemic. As a union, we owe our people a CSR in everything that we do.

“As a union, we have to reach out to the populace in the little way we could, to see how we can contain the pandemic.

“This donation is in furtherance of our CSR and community service. It was solely financed by ASUU members and we are also fully involved in public campaigns for people to know the preventive measures,” he said.

He said that the union had also sponsored radio jingles to further enlighten members of the public across the state, especially those in the rural areas.

Edor commended the state government’s proactive steps in containing the spread of the virus in the state, adding that the union was happy that Cross River is Covid-19 free.

Receiving the itemss, Dr Betta Edu, the State Commissioner for Health, who also doubles as the Chairman of Covid-19 Task force in the state, commended ASUU for their kind gesture.

Edu, who lauded the Union for its magnanimity, added that thier contribution would go a long way in reaching many residents of the state.

“Your effort is immeasurable, the jingles you have produced and put on air can reach well over 1 million people daily and we as a government really appreciate the gesture.

“Your effort has added value to the fight against COVI6D-19 in the state and I want to assure that ASUU Unical branch will have its name written in gold in the roll call of the fight against Covid-19 in the state,” she said.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
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Convocation: UniCal to honor Liberian Vice President, 3 others

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The Vice Chancellor, University of Calabar, Prof. Zanna Akpagu, says the university will confer an honorary doctorate degree on the Liberian Vice President, Dr Jewel-Haward Taylor, during it’s convocation on Saturday.

Akpagu made the disclosure on Tuesday in Calabar, at a media briefing heralding the 33rd convocation of the institution.

The vice chancellor said that three other prominent Nigerians were also going to be honoured at the event.

“We are also going to honour Chief Ann Ene Ita, a retired Permanent Secretary in the Federal Civil Service; Prof. Anthony Nyong of the African Development Bank (ADB), and the Emir of Askira, Mohammed Askirama,” he said.

He said that over 4,600 graduands would be awarded diplomas, degrees and higher degrees during the ceremony.

According to him, 3,200 graduands will be awarded first degrees while 1000 will bag diplomas and 400 will be awarded different post graduate degrees.

“In the first degree category, we have 13 First Class and this is because in this institution, we graduate the very best through imparting knowledge and learning,” Akpagu said.

The vice chancellor further said that a number of projects completed by his administration would be inaugurated as part of the convocation programme.

Akpagu listed the projects to include a 60-room female hostel, a 500-seater twin lecture pavilion and a police station.

He said that the university had zero tolerance for social vices, adding that many lecturers, non academic staff and students had been shown the exit door due to indiscipline.

Edited By: Fela Fashoro/Ejike Obeta
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Ayo Banjo, Oloyede, others to grace UNICAL’s NAL annual lecture

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University of Calabar (UNICAL) says Prof. Ayo Banjo, a former Vice Chancellor of UI and Prof. Ishaq Oloyede,the JAMB Registrar, are among scholars expected at its Nigeria Academy of Letters (NAL) annual lecture.

A statement by the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee, Prof. Eno Nta, on Tuesday in Calabar, said the lecture slated for Feb.13 would hold at the UNICAL’s International Conference Centre.

The 2020 lecture with the theme: “History and the Mythopoeia Vocation: The Nation as Capricious Grand Guignol” will be delivered by Prof. Osofisan.

Nta said that the lecture, which would be hosted by UNICAL Vice Chancellor, Prof. Zana Akpagu, would be chaired by the President of NAL, Prof. Francis Egbokhare and its Secretary, Prof. Ayobami Kehinde.

Also expected at the lecture are Prof. Emeritus Femi Osofisan and Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, Executive Secretary, National University Commission (NUC).

The Nigerian Academy of Letters was inaugurated at a meeting held at the University of Ibadan on Nov. 14, 1991.

NAL is the apex organisation of the Nigerian academics and scholars in humanities and the lecture is aimed at promoting academic excellence in all branches of humanities.

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Theatre, films, will foster national integration, says UNICAL VC

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The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof. Zana Akpagu, says the interpretation of plays and films will promote national unity and integration in Nigeria.

Akpagu made this known on Thursday during the 2nd Calabar International Conference of Theatre and Media 2019, holding at the Chinua Achebe Arts Theatre in the University of Calabar.

The Vice-Chancellor, who was represented by Prof. Uche Amalu, Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration, said that theatre performances could enhance the unity in diversity, thereby encouraging oneness among Nigerians.

He said that theme of this year’s conference, “Theatre Media and National Integration in a Globalised World’’ is apt as it is borne out of the need to foster national integration.

The vice-chancellor expressed satisfaction with the activities and performances of the Theatre, Film and Carnival Studies Department, saying it had harnessed the potential of different cultural values through stage performances.

“I am very confident that the papers that will be presented at this conference will no doubt espouse ways to re-engineer, restructure and reposition our great country, Nigeria for greater heights,’’ he said.

Prof. Emmy Unuja-Idegu, Head of Theatre, Film and Carnival Studies Department, said that through the instrumentality of entertainment, theatre could enhance societal development.

Unuja-Idegu said that theatre could deliver a serious message with great impact through music, plays, songs and dance.

“The role of the Nigerian home movies in trying to unite the country through different plays is highly commendable.

“The cultural and ambassadorial role that Nollywood is playing is exceptional and that is only an arm of theatre that we are talking about.

“Government should realise the potency of media and theatre and begin to invest massively in it to promote their image laundry,’’ he said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that there were various stage plays by students of the department to showcase Nigeria’s unity in diversity.

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Higher Institutions Football League: UniCal defeat RSU in round of 16 first leg tie

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The football team of the University of Calabar (UniCal) on Thursday defeated Rivers State University (RSU) 3-1 in the round of 16 of the ongoing Higher Institutions Football League (HIFL).

In the first leg match played at the Abraham Ordia Stadium in Calabar, UniCal dominated the game from the first blast of the referee’s whistle.

Ngagi Motafa opened scores in the game’s second minute, while Emmanuel Charles and Godwin James scored in the 22nd and 39th minutes respectively.

The Port Harcourt-based RSU got their lone goal through Sekibo Minime in the 62nd minute.

Speaking to the Nigeria News Agency after the match, Ebri Wofai who won the game’s Man of the Match award expressed delight at his team’s victory.

“Last year, we found it difficult to win matches at home, but things are better for us this year. We were even able to score three goals at home.

“I want to thank our fans who came out en masse to support the team, and my team mates and officials for awarding me the Man of the Match award,” he said.

NAN’s efforts to speak with the coach of RSU was not successful as the team left immediately after the match for Port Harcourt.

NAN reports that the fixture’s second leg tie will be played on Aug. 21 in Port Harcourt.

(Edited by Remi Koleoso and Olawale Alabi)

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President Buhari lauds UniCal for introducing Anti-Corruption, Anti-Terrorism curriculum

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Calabar, April 13, 2019 President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the management of the University of Calabar, Cross River,  for being the first  in Nigeria to introduce Anti-Corruption and Anti- Terrorism Studies in their curriculum.

Buhari gave the commendation during the 32nd  Convocation ceremony of the university on Saturday in Calabar.

The president who was represented by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr. Usani Usani, urged other universities to emulate the example to complement the efforts of government in the struggle to defeat both evils.

He applauded the university for its judicious use of the scarce resources allocated to it through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) and other interventions.

He said  the projects that were inaugurated including the solar power energy solution which was ongoing, were testimony of the management’s prudence.

” This government is aware of the unique role that qualitative education can play in promoting awareness about the destructive nature of corruption, terrorism, violent crimes and other social vices that have held our nation hostage.

” My administration will continue to fight these ills until we can totally eradicate or render them impotent.

” Your university and all others in our country must key into this struggle and commit yourselves to our collective success,” he said.

According to the president,  the challenges of higher  education are enormous but the university of Calabar has creatively and diligently  confronted these challenges.

He added that education was a necessity for all humans after food, clothing and shelter adding that the University of Calabar has recognised this fact and was ensuring that its education was constructive in nature.

He congratulated the graduands and reminded them that graduation was both a concept and a process,  saying they would need to appreciate the difference to be successful with learning hereafter.

He assured the management of the university of government’s continued support in the provision and improvement of infrastructure in the universities and urged everyone to support the efforts of government by ensuring the sustenance of a peaceful and conducive environment necessary for uninterrupted teaching and learning.

In his remark, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof. Zana Akpagu, said 7,782 persons were awarded first degrees and diplomas in which five persons from the school and 46 from the school’s affiliate institutions graduated with First Class, bringing the total number of First Class to 51.

Akpagu said 1,390 persons were awarded higher degrees ranging from Post Graduate Diplomas, Masters Degrees and Doctor of Philosophy. (PhD)

He however noted that funding had been a major challenge which had hampered the school’s drive and almost crippled its good intentions.

” We are desirous of fulfilling our dream of building an ultra-modern Medical Centre, academic building for the Faculty of Environmental Science and equipping of our Department of Music, Fine and Applied Art, Mass Communication, Digital Media and a host of other projects.

” It is on this note  that we appeal for financial assistance from corporate partners, our distinguished alumni, well meaning Nigerians and the Federal Government to come to our aid,” he said.

He congratulated the graduands and urged them to be worthy ambassadors of the institution .

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COVID-19: ASUU, CRUTECH produces 2,000 bottles of sanitisers for distribution

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) branch, says it has produced 2,000 bottles of sanitisers to be distributed in the state.

Prof. Using Ogar, immediate past South-South Zonal Coordinator of ASUU made the disclosure on Monday in Calabar.

Ogar said the union would donate the 2,000 bottles of the essential item to the state government and hospitals.

He said that the union was determined to contribute its quota toward containing the coronavirus pandemic in the state.

He said that the union was concerned about the negative effects of the pandemic on the economy, hence its determination to contribute to the sustenance of the VID-19-free status of the state.

The former ASUU leader said that universities in Nigeria were not resting on their oars in finding solutions to end the pandemic which has claimed thousands of lives across the globe.

“As a union, we decided to get into the laboratory to produce the sanitisers for free distribution to hospitals and government agencies in the state.

“I want to encourage government at all levels to make it a priority to fund research so that when disease outbreaks like this occur, researchers can come up with meaningful and acceptable vaccines and results.

“We want to also advice the Federal Government not to bring in the Chinese doctors. From indications, some of the COVICD-19 patients in the country are fast recovering after two rounds of tests”, he said.

Dr Peter Eneji, Head of Department, Chemical Sciences, CRUTECH who conducted newsmen round the laboratory, said the 2,000 bottles of sanitisers were produced within four days.

Eneji said that the production of the essential item was funded by CRUTECH branch of ASUU as a way of contributing to the containment of the pandemic in the state.

Also, Dr Emmanuel Ettah, the Chairman of ASUU in CRUTECH, noted that the sanitisers would enhance personal protection against the virus.

Ettah said he was happy that the state was COVD-19-free, and urged the residents to obey simple health instructions to always live a healthy life.

Dr John Edor, Chairman, ASUU, University of Calabar (Unical) branch, lauded the CRUTECH counterpart for producing the sinisters.

Edor said that the Unical branch of ASUU was also concluding the production and procurement of essential items to be distributed to the public.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Ejike Obeta
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Don advocates passage of disability education bill by NASS

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Prof. Florence Banku-Obi, Prof. of Special Needs Education, Faculty of Education, University of Calabar, has called on the National Assembly to pass the bill on disability education for the country.

Banku-Obi made the call in Calabar while delivering the 92nd Inaugural Lecture at the University’s International Conference Centre titled “From Exclusion to Zero Rejects: A Road Map to Inclusiveness”.

She explained that the bill would guarantee full integration and enhance the quality of inclusive education for persons with disabilities.

According to her, she undertook a study and found that many heads of schools were not ready to welcome special children except it became mandatory for them to do so.

Banku-Obi, a former Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics in University of Calabar, said that some teachers do not know how to adapt instructions to suit special children especially those with sensory impairments (blind and deaf).

She urged government at all levels to make more public schools inclusive to open up more access to quality education for special children.

The Senior Lecturer said that the physical facilities in such special schools should be restructured to accommodate the people with disability.

She however, called on the Federal Ministry of Education and the Supervisory bodies to monitor the implementation of the element of special education designed by the National Educational Research and Development Council.

“The world over, children with disabilities live a life of marginalisation, labelling, discrimination, stigmatisation and exclusion. They are seen and treated as unfit and the dregs of the society.

“Excluding children with disabilities from education means that they have a near bleak future with very restrictive prospects for economic independence thereby promoting a cycle of inter-generational poverty among millions of these children.

“Inclusive education is an educational ideology where all learners with or without disabilities are welcome to general education neighbourhood schools.

“The learners in inclusive education are given the opportunity to school and learn together in general education classrooms with their peer groups or age mates,” she said.

Banku-Obi maintained that inclusive education encourages necessary institutional policies to support the disadvantaged, especially those with disabilities to ensure that the “no one is left behind” policy of vision 2030 is achieved.

She explained that Zero Reject requires that an individual with a disability so identified and recognised by law cannot be denied access to appropriate education and related necessary services to help in learning process.

Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of Unical, Prof. Zana Akpagu, who declared the inaugural lecture open, said the lecture would shape the thought of individuals on how they see and threat the challenged people.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the lecture attracted academics from various fields, students, captains of industries, lawmakers and religious leaders among others.

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NUTAF: Participants hail hosting outside varsity environment

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Some participants at the just-concluded Nigeria Universities Theatre Arts Festival (NUTAF) have lauded hosting of the event outside university premises.

They told the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos that hosting of the festival at the National Arts Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos, increased their exposure.

They said it also improved learning and their interests in  acting, as well as created a stronger platform for socialisation.

NAN reports that the organisers – Nigeria Universities Theatre Arts Students Association – for the first time, hosted the festival outside a university environment.

This year’s edition, hosted by the Lagos State University, was attended by over 300 students from 15 universities across  the country.

The festival, with the theme: “Governance and Globalisation”, started on Oct. 21 and ended on Oct. 25.

It was sponsored by MTN Nigeria.

Mr Precious Chuks from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, told NAN that he had a broader practical knowledge of acting.

The third year student said the National Arts Theatre’s concert stage, a fully air-conditioned hall, made  the festival memorable.

“I feel great being in this year’s unique edition of NUTAF because every aspect of the event was interesting, with warm and friendly people; workshop and resource persons were wonderful,” Chuks said.

Miss Ogbe Omattutee, a final year student of the University of Calabar, said that it was her first experience in NUTAF, describing it as interesting.

“I hardly go camping but this festival has given me a reason to like camping. It was an avenue for me to bond with colleagues  from other universities and learn new things.

“The workshop was  also helpful as I learnt a lot in script writing. We were  taught some of the things we needed to know about drama,” she said.

She commended MTN for the sponsorship and hailed the organisers for choosing  the National Arts Theatre, Iganmu as the festival’s venue.

Miss Ify Okocha, a first year student of Igbinedion University, Okada, near Benin, described the festival as an eye-opener, adding that she  was a lot of talented students.

“This festival has made me see people who are talented in singing, dancing and acting.

“The festival has created a platform for meeting  and interacting  with people from other universities. This is good because you can never know who will help you in future.

“The festival has been a great experience. I was able to learn some  things from veteran artistes that visited us. An example is Hilda Dokubo, who was here on Thursday,” she said.

She described National Arts Theatre as a national monument, and promised never to miss any NUTAF.

Students at the just concluded Nigeria Universities Theatre Arts Festival (NUTAF) on Friday said the experience of acting outside their school platforms had boosted their interest in the Arts industry.

They told the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos that the choice of the National Arts Theatre, Lagos by the organisers was the best that had happened to them.

NAN reports that the organizers-Nigeria Universities Theatre Arts Students Association (NUTASA) – for the first time hosted the festival outside a university environment.

This year’s edition, hosted by the Lagos State University (LASU), was attended by over 300 students, from15 universities from across the country.

The festival, with the theme: “Governance and Globalisation”, started on Oct. 21 and ended on Oct. 25.

It was sponsored by MTN Nigeria.

Precious Chuks from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, told NAN that it was a wonderful experience to have a broader practical knowledge of acting outside the school.

The 300-level student said the National Arts Theatre’s concert stage, a fully air-conditioned hall, made every beat of time spent in the festival memorable.

“I feel great being in this year’s unique edition of NUTAF because every aspect of the event was interesting with warm, friendly people and the workshops resource persons are wonderful,” Chuks said.

Ogbe Omattutee, a final-year student of the University of Calabar (UNICAL), said that it was not her first time in Lagos but her first time at the NUTAF, which she described as an interesting experience.

“I hardly go camping but this festival has given me a reason to like camping. It is an avenue for me to bond with my colleagues from other universities and learn new things.

“The workshop has also being helpful as I have learnt a lot in script writing. We were also taught some of the things we need to know about drama,” she said.

She commended MTN for the sponsorship and the organisers for chosen the National Arts Theatre, Iganmu as the festival’s location.

Ify Okocha, a 100-level student of Igbinedion University, Okada near Benin, described the festival as an eye-opener, adding that she had seen a lot of talented students.

“Although, I reside in Lagos but this festival has made me see people who are talented in singing, dancing and acting.

“The festival has created a platform where we meet and interact with people from other universities. This is good because you can never know who will help you in future.

“The festival has been a great experience and I like it. I have been able to learn few things from veteran artistes that had visited us. An example is Hilda Dokubo, who was here yesterday (Thursday),” she said.

She described National Arts Theatre as a “serene environment” and promised never to miss any NUTAF festival.

Meanwhile, Mr Charles Ukpong, NUTAF Secretary told NAN that it was the first time the festival was held outside a university environment and the idea was to expose the students to standard acting platforms.

/JI


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