Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof. Zana Akpagu has spoken of the institution's commitment to a mutually benefitting partnership with the Nigerian Army, even as he plans to include “security and anti-terrorism studies” to its curriculum.
This is coming on the heels of the successful accreditation of the 22 programmes presented for the endorsement of the Nigeria Universities Commission.
Akpagu, while welcoming the commander, 13 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Calabar, Brigadier General I. Isa, acknowledged the 13 Brigade's role in maintaining peace on campus also said the university had a history of a very cordial and mutually benefitting relationship with the brigade.
In an earlier remark, the commander said though he had not met Akpagu before now, he had heard and felt his impact within the university in the Brigade and beyond, and expressed his appreciation, on behalf of the Brigade, to the Vice Chancellor for all his support.
The commander who said he actually began his career in the military in Ikom, Cross River State, acknowledged the security challenges bedevilling the country and said he considered it expedient to meet with heads of institutions like the university, to promote appropriate synergy.
Meanwhile, Akpagu has commended an alumni of the university, Ms. Inemesit-Abasi Emmanuel, for donating 11 books worth fifty thousand naira to the university library.
Akpagu while receiving the books in his office expressed the university's gratitude to the donor and urged all alumni to emulate her
The Vice Chancellor, who handed the books over to the Institution's Librarian, Dr. (Mrs.) Nkoyo Edem, charged her to ensure the books were put to judicious use even as he affirmed that they will definitely enrich the University's library collections.
In a forwarding letter from the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, (NIPSS), the Director of Studies, Prof. Celestine O. Bassey, stated that the donation is in line with the expression of Corporate Social Assistance tradition of the NIPSS, expected of her distinguished course participants.
According to the Director of Studies, “the donation is in line with the campaign of Social Science Academy and Nigerian Political Science Association to upgrade the “knowledge content” or epistemic resources of students of Social Sciences in our universities through popularization of text books by Nigerian authors and Academic Associations.”
Meanwhile, the vice chancellor has described Fulbright Scholars as the future of Nigeria, saying that their wealth of knowledge is vital to the economic and educational development of the country.
Akpagu said this during the 14th Annual Conference of the Fulbright Alumni Association of Nigeria ( FAAN) with the theme ' Nigeria's Economy in the 21st Century: Lessons from recession and Prospects for Re- orientation.
He said, "recession was experienced in Nigeria when industries and tourists left the country due to unfavourable business environment caused by stringent government policies"
This came as he appreciated the National Organizing Committee of FAAN for granting UNICAL the hosting right of its conference, adding that the conference encourages beneficial exchanges of ideas which would in turn lead to educational and economic advancement.
Akpagu also encouraged the Fulbright scholars to close ranks and work in unison in order to achieve maximum results adding that, "you are a special breed of people who occupies a special place in my heart. The country really needs you"
In his welcome address, National President of the Fulbright Association of Nigeria (FAAN), Prof Adagba Okpaga commended the Vice Chancellor for welcoming them with open arms, stressing that it shows that he is truly passionate about academic excellence.
He said FAAN is poised to collaborate with both government and other institutions as well as make proposals for research purposes.