The Directorate of Alumni Affairs emerged as a child of necessity from the immediate past management of the University of Calabar with the primary aim of reinforcing the operational architecture of the alumni relations office.
To achieve this, a formidable committee/think tank was set up with the strong mandate to review the activities of the alumni relations office.
The Eleven man Committee was headed by our Zero Zero one (001), a seasoned educationist, counselor and a non- robbotish Professor in the person of Professor (Mrs) Eno Macaulay Ukpong.
The committee in its wisdom recommended the upgrade of the alumni relations office to a Directorate of Alumni Affairs to be headed by an Alumnus Professor as the Director and deputized by an Alumnus Associate Professor or a non teaching staff not below the rank of a deputy registrar.
The pioneer Director was Professor Emmanuel Eyo Ekanem with Professor Ernest-Bassey Etta Asikong as the current Director. Mr Emmanuel Adariku, a Senior Assistant Regisrar (SAR) is the Deputy Director.
Since its upgrade, the Directorate has developed its vision, mission and philosophy as roadmap.
To be the epi-centre of Alumni activities in the university and creating healthy competition amongst alumni chapters, groups and individuals geared towards contributing significantly to the development of our alma mater.
To Generate a strong bond and synergy between the university and the National Alumni Association, all alumni groups and individuals for robust value addition to the university, through regular quality activities, programmes and interface.
The Directorate of Alumni is grounded in enhancing the network of Alumni for a robust support system, mentorship and scholarships, offering expertise and assistance in employability of unical alumni.
The Directorate has worked assiduously with great achievements including; Creation of this webpage, linked to the University website, with address as www.unical.edu.ng/Alumni. A page for Alumni of the month-page which showcases a distinguished alumnus/alumna every month with three Alumni so far showcased- Judge Chile Eboe Osuji of the international Criminal Court at the Hague, Prof Zana Itiunbe Akpagu, the first Alumnus Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof Hilary Inyang Inyang, a world class scientist and national Merit Award laureate and currently Dr Onyema Ogbuagu of the Pfizer Covid Vaccine Physician
The directorate has developed a pledge- The University of Calabar Alumni pledge- for all graduates of the University of Calabar. This was first administered on the last convocation ceremony on all the graduates, including our Awardees which included, His Excellency General Abdul Salam Abubakar, Dr. Clement Ebri and Chief (Dr) C. I. Ilomuanya, pledging allegiance to the University with it.
The University of Calabar song has been re-recorded and produced and made available for students. The Directorate has encouraged and stimulated the registration of the Alumni Association across the Country. Currently over 35 branches have been successfully registered and more are still interested in registering.
The directorate has instituted distinguished ambassadorial award series to encourage and stimulate our Alumni for greater impact and contributions.
Recipients of this distinguished award so far include;
Our Foremost Alumnus Vice Chancellor, Professor Zana Itiunbe Akpagu.
Professor Hilary Inyang Inyang, our diaspora Ambassador based in the United States of America.
Professor Emmanuel Eyo Ekanem, the first Full director of the Directorate and now Chief Medical Director of Ibom Specalist Hospital (ISH) Uyo Akwa Ibom State.
Professor Yakubu Aboki Ochefu, our incumbent National President and now the Executive secretary of the Committee of Vice Chancellors.
Rt. Hon Bright Omokhodion our BOT Chairman.
Rt. Hon. Eteng Jones Williams, the incumbent Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly.
Prof. Anthony Okon Nyong, Director Climate Change and green Growth, African Development Bank.
Professor Eno Ukpong, Our Zero, zero One (001)
Amb. Gabriel Egbe, Current Registrar, University of Calabar,
Senator (Dr) Nkechi Nwaogu, Chairperson, Governing Council, University of Calabar
Our first Female (Alumna) and 11th Vice Chancellor, Professor Florence Banku Obi was inducted into the Alumni during her investiture on December 1, 2020.
His Excellency, Senator, (Dr) Godswill Akpabio, Hon. Minister for Niger Delta Affairs
Sir Rt. Mr Kennedy Dike, Emeritus National President Unical Alumni
Others include; Prof. Saturday J. Etuk, Interim President, Unical Alumni Association
Dr. Bob Ekarika, Member Board of Trustees
Mr Gabriel Osang, Former Secretary Interim National Exco.Several others are soon to be recognized and decorated.
The directorate is working hand in hand with developers of Alumni Connect platform to reach out to our great Alumni for effective participation in the development of the University.
Updating of our Alumni directory is currently ongoing for a comprehensive compendium for effective access to members. The directory is to be classified based on areas of achievements and scholarship, such as; Alumnus Vice Chancellors/DVCs, Alumnus Governors, Registrars, Deputy registrars, Speakers, Professors, National Assembly members(Senate and House of Reps.), Members of State houses of Assembly, Captains of industries, and other categories of Notable Alumni. We appeal that you make your information available to us. Including; Your name, Matriculation number, year of graduation, Current Address or work place, Phone numbers and Email and date of birth, at least the date and month.
The directorate on behalf of the University of Calabar Alumni Association successfully coordinated and hosted the 1st quarter meeting of the Conference of Alumni Associations of Nigerian Universities CAANU from Thursday 27th – Saturday 29th, February, 2020. This was acclaimed by the National President of CAANU as the best organized in recent times, demonstrating the usual Malabitic spirit in organization.
I wish to use this opportunity to formerly inform all our Alumni that the Management of the university has approved an annual Unical Alumni week which was proposed by the Directorate of Alumni Affairs. This is to be organized yearly, preferably in the first week of March, just before the convocation ceremony.
I wish to sincerely appeal to all Alumni who have had issues and are still facing challenges with respect to transcripts to please bear with the University, your Alma mater (Mother) which gave birth to you academically. Our passionate current first female (Alumna) and 11th Vice Chancellor, Professor Florence Banku Obi, through the office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics and the entire management staff are taking proactive steps to find a lasting solution to the transcripts delays and other bottlenecks associated with it. Solution is in sight very soon.
Since the assumption of office of the new Vice Chancellor, Prof. Florence Banku Obi, the University has witnessed great stimulus and pragmatic sense of direction. Several committees have been set up to reappraise the State of the University, including the Needs Assessment, Baseline Assessment, COVID 19, and several others. Most committees have turned in their reports with very frightening revelations of the true state of the University.
The University was the worst hit by the EndSARS protest which vandalized and destroyed some infrastructure of the University including, the University of Calabar Hotels and Conference Centre, the Academic Publishing Centre APC, Faculty of Pharmacy and the Students residential hostels. It is estimated that properties worth over 1.3 billion naira was destroyed. This has left the University highly devastated and handicapped with a clarion call for assistance by all well meaning Alumni.
We are indeed proud to be products of this great University, which stands neath the broad expanse of Nigeria’s sky with a bright mission of upholding the banner of knowledge high. These find expressions in the production of high quality graduates and scholars in various professions who are contributing significantly to the development of knowledge, locally, nationally and in the international community.
We therefore wish to invite you to visit our website at https://www.unical.edu.ng/alumni/ and be ready to give back to our great Alma Mater which has laid the golden foundation in you for great exploits in your various professions.
We also encourage you to register with the newly developed website by the University of Calabar Alumni Association for the purpose of updating the Alumni data base.
The new Management of the University, led by a Distinguished Teacher Prof. Florence Banku Obi is working hard to reposition the University for greater impact to the society. This calls for support by all Alumni at home and in the Diasporas.
Below in the list of Alumni who have contributed to the growth and development of the University. Enlist your name or that of your class and group.
I welcome you all to the year especially to the second half of the year.
Thank you and God bless.
Prof. Ernest–Bassey Etta Asikong
DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI WHO HAVE MADE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE UNIVERSITY OF CALABAR
His Excellency, Senator ( Dr) Godswill Akpabio , Foundation seed of 50 million naira, (50,000,000) for the faculty of Engineering.
Sir (Dr) Daniel Dozie-, CEO, Dozie group of Companies. Roofing of the Faculty of Engineering building
Sir, Dr, A.B.C Orjiakor, Chairman seplat Oil, Lagos, Endowment of Professorial Chair in Traumatology with 10,000,000 naira, with brand new car Peugeot 406 and other donations to College of Medicine,
His Excellency Dr, Victor Okezie Ikpeazu,, Instituted a foundation in Biochemistry, and other promissory offers, Security patrol Vehicle, Alumni Bus, Alumni Secretariat etc.
Barr Mark Obi, Donation of Law reports to enhance Accreditation of law School.
Senator Ita Enang, Building of Lecture Theatre for the Faculty of Law,
Plastering and Furnishing of the Faculty of Engineering Building for the Dean and Heads of Department by Unical Alumni Association, interim Government led by Prof. Saturday Etuk.
Prof Yakubu Aboki Ochefu, Current National President, Personal Donation, Donation of Various Books and titles.
Class of 1998 graduates of Faculty of Agriculture, Donation of 8.7 KVA Fireman Generator to faculty of Agriculture.
1985 Class of Medical Doctors from the College, Donation of 100,000.00 annually for the best graduating clinical laboratory student and 1,000,000.00 for the next 10 years.
2004 Class of Medical doctors, donated simulation laboratory for the Cardio respiratory resuscitation
Etete, Etete Peters, Furnishing of one of the conference hall in the Medical Faculty block.
Legacy Class of Medical Doctors, 2005, Renovation and furnishing of the hall two Reading room with AC reading tables. Etc.
2000/2001, Millennial Class of Medical Doctors, Renovation of Lecture Room with state of the Arts Lecture facilities.
His Excellency, Senator (Dr) Godswill Akpabio, Hon. Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Donation of ten million naira (10,000,000.00) and standing order for the completion of NDDC projects in the University of Calabar.
University of Calabar Alumni, led by Prof. Yakubu Ochefu, support to the University with twenty five million (25,000,000.00) naira, with the redemption of 10,000,000.00.
Only recently the Millennial class of 2001 graduating students of the college renovated and furnished the lecture room with the state of the art facilities
The legacy group of the same college also did same to the reading room in hall two
Chemistry students also donated some lab coats and other facilities to the department.
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