The University of Calabar (UNICAL), has postponed its 35th convocation ceremony over the uncertainties caused by the ongoing strike action of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The ceremony which sees the award of certificates to graduates across different strata was initially billed for March 25th and 26th, 2022.
But, a release issued by the Registrar of the Varsity, Gabriel Egbe attributed the postponement to the “prevailing uncertainties in the educational sector”.
Accordingly, the Registrar said a new date will be communicated.
ASUU embarked on strike on February 14th, 2022, over the failure of the Federal Government to implement its renegotiated 2009 agreement. The industrial action, initially billed for only a month, was extended for an additional 8 weeks due to the failure of both parties to reach an agreement.
Meanwhile, the University of Calabar, UNICAL, on Monday disclosed that it has suspended the Director, Directorate of Human Resource and Establishment, (HR&E) of the University, Mrs Agatha Ikposhi from duty.
The suspension which was contained in a letter signed by the University Registrar, Gabriel Egbe, stated that her suspension was consequent upon her inability to give a satisfactory response to allegations of falsification of age.
“The suspension is consequent upon her unsatisfactory response to allegations of falsification of age, records of service and defrauding of the Federal Government of Nigeria levelled against her by an alumnus of the University.
“Management, in line with the provisions of the Public Service Rules has directed that Mrs. Agatha Ikposhi be placed on suspension with effect from Wednesday, 16th March, 2022 and the matter referred to the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) for further investigation.
“Mrs Ikposhi is to hand over all university property in her possession to an Officer who has been deployed to take over from her, just as the Bursar has been directed to place her on half salary pending the determination of the case.
“She is also enjoined to stay away from the University within the period of her suspension unless while responding to the invitation of ACTU.
Recall that a letter from Joe Agi SAN & Associates personally signed by Joe Agi SAN dated 21 February 2022 titled “Case of falsification of your age, records of Service and defrauding of the Federal Government of Nigeria/University of Calabar /CRSG was addressed to her (Mrs Ikposhi) stating the various incoherent information she had.
The letter partly read: “Ma you know that legally speaking after 8 October 2014, when you attained the age of 60 years, you were bound to exit service.
“However, by 8 October 2015, you attained 35 years in service and ought to have also exited service. In the light of the above, you had no service period left to be transferred after 8 October 2014 to University of Calabar in the year 2018 ended to both the State government, Head of Service and UNICAL.
“The salaries and allowances you have received from the 8 October 2014 to 2022 are being fraudulently collected and you ought and should refund the monies and stop forthwith parading yourself as the Deputy Registrar of the University of Calabar”, the letter stated.