By Jonathan Ugbal
The management of the University of Calabar, UNICAL on Monday announced the elevation of 35 staff to the professorial cadre as well as the termination of the appointments of 20 Graduate Assistants across various departments in the institution.
Both announcements were contained in different statements by the Public Relations Unit of the varsity.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Florence Obi announced in the 234th Senate meeting of the institution that 13 Professors including one, posthumously, and 22 associate Professors were beneficiaries of the promotion exercise.
The 12 Professors are Dr. Basil Akwuegwu (Education Management), Dr. Bob Mgbeje (Biochemistry), Dr. Emon Duke (Nursing Science), Dr. Oluwatosin Kennedy (Animal Science), Dr. Mary Sule (Education Management), Dr. Joseph Ogar (Philosophy), Dr. Item Atanghwo (Biochemistry), and Dr. Imo Obot (Educational Foundation).
Others include Dr. Ephraim Ikegbu (Philosophy), Dr. Aniefiok Edet (Educational Management), Dr. Josephine Nanjwan (Special Education), Dr. Emmanuel Bassey Eyo (Philosophy), and a posthumous elevation to Dr. Mesembe Edet (Philosophy).
Those elevated to the rank of Associate Professors include. Dr. Edor Edor (Philosophy), Dr. Godfrey Ukpabio (Educational Management), Dr. Usen Mbon (Educational Management), Dr. Ekpenyong Ekanem (Educational Management), Dr. Ajigo Ikutal (Vocational Education), Dr. (Mrs) Bernadine Ekpenyong (Public Health) and Dr. Peter Ubi (Economics).
Also, Engr. Fina Faith-Praise Otosi (Computer Engineering), Dr. Alberta Nsemo (Nursing Science), Dr. Ncha Bubu (Philosophy), Dr. Idang Ojong (Nursing Science), Dr. Pauline Ekpang (Guidance/Counseling), Dr. Chiaka Denwigwe (Guidance/Counseling) are in the list.
The list also includes Dr. Love Asor ( Continuing Educational and Development Studies), Dr. Nkereuwem Ukpong (Educational Management), Dr. Emmanuel Ikwen (Special Education), and Dr. Eme Effiong (Accounting).
The following completed the list: Dr. Joseph Asuquo (Orthopaedics & Traumatology), Dr. S.C. Ohadoma (Pharmacology), Dr. Joseph Ajor (History and International Studies), Dr. Michael Agba (Public Administration) and Dr. Jonathan Chimakonam (Philosophy).
In another development, the management also said the letters of termination of appointment signed by the Registrar, Mr. Gabriel O. Egbe indicates that the reason for the layoff of the 20 Graduate Assistants is because the affected staff are in contravention of Section 3.9.3 (iv) of the 2014 Regulations Governing the Condition of Service of staff of the University of Calabar.
The section stipulates that “if a Graduate Assistant fails to obtain a Master’s degree after four (4) years, the appointment of the said staff shall be terminated.”
The affected staff are said to have spent between five to nine years post-appointment without evidence of having acquired a Master’s degree within the period of their engagement.
The termination of the appointment is with effect from June 6th, 2023. They include; the Department of Curriculum and Teaching – Nkanu, Celestine Uno; Samson, Cyprian Ushie, and Chukwu Chukwe Agube.
Also affected are; Adie Anthony Unimke of the Department of Geology, Nnenna, Williams Afamefuna of Anatomy; Okoro, Bernard Chibueze of Microbiology; Eze Ohara Enyinyi of Physics; Udo, Nsibiet Enefiok of Mathematics; Udeze, Leonard Chinedu of Computer Science; Adie John Betiang of Vocational Education; Ikpo Patrick Andelehe of Social Science Education and Edet, Itam Ben of Human Kinetics.
Others are Arihi, Blessing Ebere of Music; Baba, Ganiyu Olosasa of Crop Science; Okpe, John Ogbang of Forestry and Wildlife Resources Management; Georgeline Elohor Akporume of Agricultural Economics; Ucheji, Ojuigo Nancy of Mechanical Engineering and Onwe, Peter Daffin of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, as well as, Adah Pius Obua and Samuel Edem Okon-Edem, both of Genetics and Biotechnology.
The varsity advised affected staff to return all University property to their respective Heads of Departments and tender evidence of being cleared of any indebtedness by the Bursary and the University Librarian before their final disengagement.