UNICAL VC PLEDGES PARTNERSHIP… AS UNHCR DONATES MOLECULAR LABORATORY TO UNICAL
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof Florence Obi has pledged the readiness of the institution to partner holistically with the United Nations Commission on Refugees (UNCHR).
Prof Florence Obi who made the pledge when officials of the Commission visited her in office said the university appreciates the massive donation of a molecular laboratory from UNCHR but wants a more robust relationship that will benefit both partners.
Prof Obi said the University will ever remain grateful to the Commission for choosing the University of Calabar over its peers in the nation adding that the facility will undoubtedly attract researchers from all over the nation and beyond and also project the good name of the institution.
She reiterated the intent of her administration through its corporate social responsibility function to impact on people in the rural areas as well as refugees notably in the area of educational support.
In his address, the Information Management Officer of UNCHR, Mr Richard Okello requested the university to assist refugees from neighbouring nations with admission opportunities and possibly scholarships.
Speaking also, the Assistant Public Health Officer of the Commission, Dr Ernest Ochang said over the years, the Commission has been providing support in the areas of education, Water, Sanitation and Social infrastructure.
Dr Ernest Ochang lamented the recent challenge of civil strife and armed insurrection in Cameroun which spread to Cross River State and has resulted in the setting up of 3 refugees’ settlement and the recent COVID-19 experience.
He charged the University of Calabar to be at the forefront of COVID 19 testing having received a Molecular laboratory, provide space for the deployment of equipment to carry out cross-cutting research.
In an earlier remark, the Provost of the College of Medical Sciences, Prof Victor Ansa said the installation of the molecular laboratory will assist in COVID 19 screening and helpful to scientists.
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