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UNICAL begins academic activities after ASUU strike

The University of Calabar has commenced academic activities for fresh and old students of the institution.

A check by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) within the campus indicates that fresh students were already visiting some offices for their registration.

Also, some final-year students of the institution were busy doing their final clearance at different points on campus.

A further check by NAN also indicated that most of the lecturers had visited their offices and getting set for academic activities.

Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Florence Obi, told NAN in an interview that she was happy to welcome Lecturers and students back on campus.

Prof. Obi said that the senate of the university had resolved that no student will be victimized as a result of the strike by any lecturer.

She said that with the resumption of academic activities today, the university was set for serious activities with the students to catch up with the lost period of eight months.

“During the period of the strike, we were busy on campus with our drive for infrastructural development and building of new classrooms blocks and hostels in preparation for resumption.

“We had classrooms that were dilapidated, so we used the period of the strike to fix the desks and also completed the pavilion 1, 2 and 3, courtesy of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund.

“Today, we also have beautiful road networks on campus and we got that through the intervention of the Niger Delta Development Commission.

“During the strike, we also ran a workshop where we hosted lecturers from the Association of African Universities. In all, we were able to use the period of the strike to achieve many things.

“We just had our first mass this morning where we dedicated the resumption of activities to God,” she said.

The VC, who used the occasion to welcome lecturers, staff and students of the institution back on campus, urged the students to be focused and dedicated to their studies.

A final-year student of the university, Ms Jennifer Obono, told NAN on campus that she was happy to be back to school after the eight months strike.

Obono, a final-year student of the Faculty of Agriculture, said she was pursuing her final clearance in preparation for graduation.

Another student, James Okon, told NAN that the period of the strike was so devastating, adding that he was happy to be back to school where he can be engaged meaningfully.

Okon commended the management of the institution for the building of new classroom blocks, road networks and hostels, adding that the university has become more conducive for teaching and learning.