Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof. Zana Akpagu has commissioned a 120 seat capacity memorial lecture for final year medical students constructed by the family of late Prof. Spencer Efem.
Performing the inauguration,Akpagu hailed the family of the late Prof Efem for building the lecture hall, saying that even in death he would be remembered for his enormous contributions to the promotion of academic excellence.
Akpagu who described the late academia as a man with proven integrity and intelligence said the edifice was a lasting legacy that would stand the test of time, adding that he felt proud that the family had fulfilled the wish of the late don.
The vice chancellor who prayed that God should compensate Efem's family a million fold urged other public spirited individuals, academic and philanthropists to do same. He promised that the lecture hall would be put into proper use, even as he urged students to take good care of the facilities in the hall.
Chief Medical Director of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital( UCTH), Prof Thomas Agan, in his remarks, said he was fulfilled because the late Efem was like a father to him, saying his demise created a big vacuum that would be difficult to fill.
Agan who described Efem as a man who knew the true meaning of hard work thanked the family for putting the magnificent edifice, which he said, would be of utmost benefit to medical students.
Also speaking, provost of the college of medical sciences, Prof. Maurice Asuquo described the memorial lecture hall as a rare edifice, adding that the good works of late Efem will not be forgotten in a hurry.
The provost who was represented by the deputy provost, Prof Teresa Ekanem said "Efem's dream has been fulfilled today. He was dedicated to his work because I had cause to work with him"
In his remark, Dr. Leslie Efem, son of the late medical doctor and academia, described his late father as a distinguished renowned surgeon who performed his art with diligence, commitment and great tact.
He said those who were fortunate to pass through his tutelage could reaffirm that he was truly an icon who set high standards for all to follow, maintaining that it was in this vein that the family decided to donate a place of learning to the university in his memory.
Leslie said as an alumnus of UNICAL, he had firsthand knowledge of the challenges final year students face in locating lecture venues within the hospital, adding that for this reason, the family deemed it fit to provide a 120 seated well aerated lecture hall equipped with state of the art facilities.