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UNICAL VC appoints aide on student affairs amidst protest over hike in charges

In response to escalating student protests over increased school charges, UNICAL’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Florence Obi, appoints Mr. Samuel Eno Okoi as Special Adviser on Student Affairs. The appointment, effective today, aims to address student welfare concerns amidst the ongoing demonstrations near the UNICAL main gate.
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The University of Calabar (UNICAL) witnessed a significant development today as the Vice Chancellor, Professor Florence Obi, appointed Mr. Samuel Eno Okoi, popularly known as “Sammy Love,” as her Special Adviser on Student Affairs amidst an ongoing protest by students. The protest has been fueled by discontent over a recent hike in school charges.

In a letter dated December 4, 2023, and signed by the Varsity’s Registrar, Mr. Gabriel Egbe, Mr. Okoi’s appointment is expected to address the concerns raised by students. The letter emphasized the need for him to utilize his wealth of experience in ensuring the welfare and well-being of the students through positive and constructive engagements.

The appointment comes at a critical time, with students occupying the roundabout near the UNICAL main gate, intersecting busy roads like Etta Agbor Street and Mary Slessor Avenue in Calabar. While the university administration has not explicitly stated that the appointment is a response to the ongoing protests, the timing suggests a concerted effort to address the grievances voiced by the student body.

The letter further stipulates that Mr. Okoi’s appointment is effective immediately and is valid for a period of two years, contingent upon satisfactory performance. As the newly appointed Special Adviser on Student Affairs, Mr. Okoi faces the challenge of fostering a conducive environment for dialogue and resolution amid the current unrest on campus.

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