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Sexual abuse: A’Ibom varsity sacks 14 lecturers

Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU) has sacked 14 lecturers for allegedly sexually abusing students. Although the names of the teachers were not mentioned, the Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the stateowned university, Prof. Nse Essien, said the institution would continue to weed out undesirable elements within its ranks.

Essien disclosed this yesterday during a familiarisation visit to the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Akwa Ibom State Council. The VC also said that 38 of the 42 programmes run by the university had received full accreditation by the National Universities Commission (NUC). Essien, who will be one year in office on August 3, also disclosed that everything was in place for the commencement of radio broadcast by the university. The VC, who was once the commissioner for Education, said the university unbundled its Mass Communication programme in line with the emerging trend and communication needs of modern society, resulting in the creation of departments of Public Relations, Advertising, Broadcasting and Journalism and Media Studies. While admitting that he had been far away from the union and the media community, Essien promised to cultivate a mutually beneficial relationship between the NUJ and AKSU.

In his remarks, the NUJ Chairman, Comrade Amos Etuk, commended the VC for coming to share his thoughts with journalists and assured him that the new partnership, when given effect, would add value to the rating and standing of the institution. Etuk suggested to Essien to use the occasion of his first anniversary in office to showcase the developments in AKSU, under his watch. The VC was on the visit with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC), Academics, Prof. Umoren Umoren and the head of the Directorate of Information, Public Relations and Protocol, Mr. Akaninyene Ibanga.

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