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University of Uyo Gets New Chancellor
13 Apr 2010

The newly appointed Chancellor of the University of Uyo, Alhaji Muhammadu Abali Ibn Idrissa, is a man of many parts. He is the Chairman, Council of Chiefs and 43rd Emir of Fika, Yobe State. He has just been installed as the 3rd Chancellor of the University of Uyo to succeed his father, the late Alhaji Abali Muhammadu Idrissa, who until his death last year was the 2nd Chancellor of the University and the 42nd Emir of Fika, Yobe State.

Speaking at an official installation ceremony held at the University main campus, the Chancellor said his reception into the University of Uyo community as its 3rd Chancellor was an unimaginable opportunity for national service. He noted that since functional education remained the breeding ground for the production of manpower to steer the ship of state, it is now imperative “we channel our energies, experience, discipline and fortune toward salvaging the university from poor funding, brain drain, cultism, epileptic academic calendar occasioned by incessant strikes and other forms of unrest.”

The Chancellor stated that the institution has moved from the position of a state University to a citadel of national consciousness, integration and development, and as such, must remain a true federal institution where future leaders are groomed to proffer solutions to national challenges. He observed that infrastructural development at the main campus of the University remained a challenge and therefore urged the federal government to release funds in this regard to address the facility challenges faced by the institution.

The Chancellor commended the university management led by Prof. Akaneren Essien, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council of the University, Dr. Shem Zagbayi for efforts made towards the sustenance of the University, while calling for the construction of a conference center and office in honor of his late father and former Chancellor.

Nigeria’s Acting President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, whose address was presented by the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Education, Prof. Oladapo Afolabi, said that the installation of the chancellor was necessary as the office took precedence over all other members of the university community for its fatherly disposition. He noted that the transfer of mantle from father to son meant a lot to the University of Uyo. Dr. Jonathan however expressed the hope that the tenure of the new chancellor would witness resounding achievements in the university and called on all to rally around the chancellor and support him.

The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio who was represented by the state commissioner of education, Dr. Nseabasi Akpan in his address congratulated the chancellor for the Honorary Doctorate Degree conferred on him by the University of Uyo, adding that the award was deserved of a man of excellent standing like him who has touched many lives positively in different areas of human endeavor. The governor added that the appointment of the chancellor was a bold step to further strengthen the academic base of the institution and expressed the hope that his appointment would take the institution to greater heights.

Speaking, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Uyo, Prof. Akaneren Essien expressed gratitude to the Ag President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan for appointing the Emir of Fika, Alhaji Muhammadu Idrissa as the chancellor of the university, expressing confidence that the new chancellor would even surpass the legacies of his father who was the former chancellor of the institution.

The VC said that the chancellor was coming at a time that the university had made tremendous progress in the status of academic programmes because, according to him, all the 66 programmes drawn from the 12 faculties have been accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC). Prof. Essien also explained that despite this achievement, the University of Uyo can only give placements to less than 25% of candidates who sought admission, adding that there was need to develop the 1,443 hectares of land at the university’s permanent campus.

Prof. Essien further observed that within the last three years, infrastructural development at the Town and Annex Campuses of the institution has raised the status of the school to boost its accreditation results. The VC prayed, on behalf of management and staff of the University that God should grant the new chancellor the wisdom to add value to the infrastructural and academic development of the University of Uyo.

The installation of the new chancellor was done by the representative of the Ag President, Prof. Oladapo Afolabi, and Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, and well attended by dignitaries from the academic, business and political spheres across the country. Highlights of the occasion included cultural dance by the people of Fika, Yobe state, and musical presentation by the Music Department of the University of Uyo.

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