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Library wears new look From Stanley Uchegbu UNICAL


HE Definitive Libarary of the University of Calabar (UNICAL) has been given a face-lift. Presently, the lLibrary boasts of a seating capacity of 3,000 readers with 1,600 seats, 16 staff offices, stateof-the-art lighting and proper ventilation, security, modern emergency scheme and and a standby generating set. Speaking with our correspondent, Chief Librarian of the institution Prof Olu Lawal, noted that the university library is the largest in Africa as it houses over one million volumes of books with a total of 22,746 square metre floor space with seating capacity of 2,046 readers which doubles the standard set by the National University Commission (NUC). The university authority has also secured an e-library with 75 computers, satellite dish and other information technolology devices. Nse Obot Amiye, a 200 level student of marketing told CAMPUSLIFE that: “the library is my favourite reading place because its calm ambience.” Students praised the management of the institution for their efforts towards improving quality education.

• The exterior view of the library

Varsity inaugurates union leaders


HE Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka has inaugurated a new Students’ Union Government (SUG). The officials, who were elected penultimate week, took oath of office before the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof Boniface Egboka. Addressing the members of the executive, Prof Egboka urged them to be transparent in the discharge of their duties.

From Oluchukwu Igwe UNIZIK

He enjoined other arms of the SUG to work in collaboration with the executive members. He cautioned them against embezzlement and vices that may derail the administration. The VC expressed displeasure about the state of transportation in the school, urging

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the SUG officials to “urgently address the chaotic situation”. “The way the transportation is being run currently is totally unacceptable. You must, therefore, as a matter of urgency, address the chaotic situation in the transport sector. You must ensure that only bonafide students are engaged to man the sector after their approval by the Dean of Students’ Affairs,” he said. In his speech, the new president of the

union, Hilary Ugwu, 200-Level Microbiology, thanked students for voting him and promised that he would deliver on his campaign promises. Other members of the union included Eucharia Okoli, Vice President, Ugochukwu Ezekoma, Secretary General, Joy Ekweh, Assistant Secretary General, Raymond Okoye, Financial, Secretary, Prosper Dimkpa, Treasurer, Cindy Udoye, Director of Social and Welfare, Obiora Ezenwa, Public Relations Officer and Chukwuemeka Dinne, Director of Sports.

Students boycott Yuletide break


N defiance of the circular released by authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) directing students to vacate the campus on December 17, 2012 for Yuletide break, students remained on the campus without planning to leave. This development made the management to give a fresh notification on December 21 ordering students to vacate their halls before 12 noon. The second notification was announced to students through porters at the halls of residence. Some students rebuffed the order, saying the management did not have the right to tell them where to spend their Christmas holiday. They maintained that it was not their fault to still stay on campus because it was the management that declared free lecture

From Abass Aloba OAU

week which coincided with the festive period. The students further stressed the management could not tell them either to go home or stay on the campus for their free lecture week in preparation for their exams, saying they know the appropriate place for them to read. A 300-Level student of Political science, Sakiru Akinola, said there was no need for the order, saying none of the students on campus had disrupted the peace on the campus. “Anybody who wants to eat Christmas goat or chicken is free to go home; we must not be forced out of the campus because of short break,” Sikiru said.

• One of the resource persons lecturing the students at the seminar

50 trained on reproductive health


HE University of Calabar Association for AIDS and Reproductive Health Programme (UCAARHP) in collaboration with State Action Committee on AIDS (SACA) has organised a training on reproductive sex for students. The five-day programme took place at UCAARHP Room at the institution. President of the association, Ogbeche Ushie charged the students to practice safe sexual behaviors. But the Programme Officer of Nigeria Youth AIDS Programme, Mr Bernard Enyia, urged the students to abstain from premarital

From Emmanuel Ahanonu UNICAL

sex. Speaking to CAMPUSLIFE, one of the trainees, Edwards Bassey, said: “The programme was quite educative. As for those who benefited, I urge them to spread the message and not the virus.” Other respondents said they have learnt through the programme various issues on sexuality and how to properly use their condoms.