UNICAL VC, Florence Obi Asks Final Year Students To Return To 200 Level

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Anger, Frustration As University Of Calabar’s VC Asks Final-
Year Students To Return To 200-Level
Some students of the University of Calabar, Cross River
State have called out the institution’s new Vice-Chancellor,
Florence Obi, for asking final-year students in some
selected departments to go back to 200-level due to non-
accreditation of their courses by the National Universities
Commission.
The students, who spoke on condition of anonymity,
Said that the courses have gulped millions of
naira taken from their families.
They, therefore, described the VC’s decision as inhumane
and inconsiderate.
The students explained that courses affected by the
accreditation issue include Fine and Applied Arts, Mass
Communication, and Music.
According to them, the affected courses were newly
introduced during the administration of the immediate past
Vice-Chancellor of the school, Zana Akpagu.
They alleged that the new Vice-Chancellor of the institution
had personal scores to settle with the former Vice-
Chancellor and that the animosity was taking a toll on
students’ lives.
One of the respondents said, “I have an issue in my school
and I don’t know where it is heading to. I am a final-year
student in the Fine and Applied Arts department at the
University of Calabar but the Vice-Chancellor is telling us to
go back to Year two so that NUC will recognise us. This is
after paying school fees for four years and wasting money
for materials which have so far, amounted to millions of
naira. The new VC is now telling us we have to comply with
this directive else we will not have a result.”
Another student described the VC’s directive as unfair,
saying the issue should be reconsidered for the sake of the
students.
He said, “There’s an issue going on that is really unfair. We
are students of the University of Calabar. We have been in
the school from 100 level to final year. For some of us in
selected departments such as Fine & Applied Arts, Mass
Communication and the rest, the VC is are telling us that
we have to go back to 200 level and we are already in the
final year.
“We have spent money; Fine and Applied Arts gulps a lot of
money, we are in final year and now they are telling us to
go back to 200 level and it is just an accreditation issued
by the NUC and now the new VC does not want to consider
people. Something has to be done.”
When asked if the VC promised a tuition waiver for the
students, he replied that school fees were the least of his
worries but rather the time and efforts wasted over the
years.
He continued, “Paying school fees is not an issue, we are
not worried about that. Do you know, sometimes, in a day
we spend like N5, 000 to N6, 000 in buying chemicals and
the rest and we did this for four years. We are planning on
taking legal steps against them.
“Our set is the first set of Fine & Applied Arts in UNICAL
alongside Mass Communication and Music, they were not
taking the course before now, they just registered it.
“The former VC, we believe has an issue with the new VC
and this new VC cannot go and settle the issues they have
so we can graduate in peace, they are making it to affect
us. The former VC introduced the courses. We cannot suffer
because of someone else’s personal problems.”