By Iniobong Etim
Sixty-four academic staff of the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom state have cause to smile as they have been elevated to professorial possitions.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof Eniefiok Essien disclosed this while interacting with newsmen in Uyo.
Besides, he stated that management has promoted no fewer than 179 professors in the last three years even as non academic staff have also enjoyed promotions with a view to boosting their morales.
He stated that he administration has completed significant projects in the institution and also introduced new programmes to meet “the changing needs of our larger society and ensure continued relevance of the university.”
According to him, the university was undergoing NUC re-accrediation visitation for 54 programmes in addition to professional re-accreditation by some professional bodies.
On staff and students welfare, he said:” staff welfare has continued to occupy central position in our affairs. This is borne out of the fact that it takes a well motivated workforce to put in their best and there is arguing that timely promotion is the greatest source of staff motivation.
“Accordingly, we ensured regular and timely promotion of staff across the board. As I speak, we have concluded the promotion exercise for this year, particularly for non professorial cadre. Those in the professorial cadre have to go through external assessment.
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“Even in this category, have indeed had more professorial promotions between 2016 and today that ever before in this University.
“Despite the long intervening national strikes which crippled academic activities , we have had a total of 64 professorial promotions in 2019. From 2017 to date, we have a total of 115 professorial promotions. This is a record.
“On students matters, the university recorded a feat by introduction of electronic voting in students union elections. That way, the students were able to have a free, fair and credible elections.
“Protection of students especially vat night is enhanced by security patrols and sometimes static squad in some areas. ”