Other Principal Officers
MILESTONES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF UYO
What is today called the University of Uyo has a humble but unique historical metamorphosis. The campus where the University of Uyo started began in the 1930’s as a practising school and became a Teacher Training College in the 1940’s. It was upgraded to Advanced Teachers’ Training College in the 1960’s. In 1975 it became a College of Education and was converted to the University of Cross River State (UNICROSS) in 1983. As God would have it, in 1991 the erstwhile University of Cross River State assumed a new status and nomenclature called the University of Uyo – a Federal University. It is a citadel of learning, research and community development.
The University of Uyo is located in the heart of Akwa Ibom State, and Uyo is easily accessible by road and by air via Ibom International Airport in Akwa Ibom State and Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar, in neighbouring Cross River State.
The University of Uyo operates from three campuses: the Town Campus with its Annex, the Main Campus and Ime Umanah Campus.
Though a third generation University in Nigeria, the University of Uyo is competing favourably with most first generation universities in Nigeria and has recorded various strides.
- It is one of the nine Federal Universities selected for e-learning by the Federal Government.
- It is one of the two universities selected for the study of Space Technology.
- It is the 10th most preferred University out of the 117 universities by UTME candidates.
- The only university in Nigeria where Computational Language Documentation and Technology is studied at Masters and PhD. levels in conjunction with Belfield University, Germany.
- It has the largest academic programmes with full accreditation.
- UNIUYO is the Information Technology School of the year (2012).
- It proudly parades six Fulbright scholars.
- UNIUYO has full institutional accreditation, among others.
PROFESSOR OKON A. ANSA
DEPUTY VICE-CHANCELLOR (ADMINISTRATION).
Born 62 years ago at Oku-Iboku in Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, Okon Asuquo Ansa attended Kings College, Lagos on Federal Government Scholarship from 1964 to 1970, then to the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, for his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture where he
graduated in 1974 and got employed immediately thereafter as a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Crop Protection in May 1975.
Professor Okon Ansa had been an ABU man having had his appointment adjusted to an Assistant Research Fellow in 1975 and promoted to Research Fellow II in 1979 in the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, having passed through the Zaria climate of Kaduna State, Northern Nigeria and got acquainted with the nauces, culture and traditions of Northern Nigeria.
The international journey of the “Crop Protector” started earlier in 1972 when he served as Vacation Research Scholar to the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and got it blended with a Federal Government Scholarship for a Ph.D programme at the University of California, Davis in Plant Pathology. A holder of the Ahmadu Bello University Fellowship Award, Professor Okon Ansa became Research Fellow I and Senior Research Fellow in 1984 and 1987 respectively.
He could not resist the clarion call to be home and contribute to the making of the University of Calabar in 1989 when he left ABU, Zaria for the Department of Crop Science, University of Calabar. Still to move again, the military Governor of Akwa Ibom State Group Captain Idongesit Nkanga felt the Akwa Ibom State Executive Council was the real home for Okon Ansa not UNICAL by appointing him the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources precisely on February 22, 1990. He survived about three cabinet reshuffles and was a member of what could be described as the “inner caucus” of government when he served as member of the Finance and General Purpose Committee of the Akwa Ibom State Executive Council.
A highly versatile person and strong team player, Professor Okon Ansa has always been sought for and a nominee for any serious but result-driven committees, boards and commissions. From the board of the defunct Nigerian Newsprint Manufacturing Company (NNMC) at his backyard, Oku Iboku, Akwa Ibom Rubber Estates Limited, Agricultural Development Project, ADC Airlines and Senate of the University of Calabar, Awards Committee, Okon Ansa has proven his mettle as a board room guru and technocrat par excellence.
From January 1994 when he joined the service of the University of Uyo, Professor Ansa has been a consistent member of Senate; Head, Department of Agronomy from June 1996 – 1998; Acting Dean of Agriculture from January 1998 to May 2000; and Managing Director, University of Uyo Farms from 2001; Director of Academic Planning, Office of the Vice-Chancellor till January 1, 2013 when he assumed duties as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor - Administration.
He has several journal publications to his credit and has participated in several conferences, workshops, seminars in and out of the country. He is happily married with children.
PROFESSOR PAUL EKWERE
DEPUTY VICE-CHANCELLOR (ACADEMICS).
Born at Afaha Offiong in Nsit Ibom Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, Professor Paul Ekwere had his primary education at the Lutheran School, Afaha Offiong and St. George’s Anglican School, Zaria, Kaduna State where he completed with Distinction in the First School Leaving Certificate Examination in 1960.
It was at the Government College, Umuahia where he obtained, after four years, the West African School Certificate (WASC) in 1964 in Grade I and topped up with the Higher School Certificate/GCE (A/L) from the same institution in 1966.
He gained admission into the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State in 1968 graduating with MBBS in June 1973 and also sat for and obtained the ECFMG Cerficate of the United States of America in July 1973.
He kicked-off his residency training at the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan and later moved to the United Kingdom for the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS), Glasgow in November 1982 having initially studied the Basic Medical Sciences at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London. Professor Ekwere became a Fellow of the International College of Surgeons (FIC) in November, 1986 and Fellow of the West African College of Surgeons, (FWACS) in February 1987.
This accomplished medical expert has served in more than twenty-three positions at various levels in various countries of the world and in 1983 appointed Lecturer I and Consultant urologist at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar and pioneered the establishment of the Urology Specialty as a training academic and professional unit from 1984. He occupied the first chair of Urology at the University of Calabar.
Professor Paul Ekwere has occupied various distinguished positions within and outside Nigeria. Professor Ekwere has served as Chief Medical Director of Billasmar General Hospital, Saudi Arabia and Consultant Urologist in other Saudi Arabian Hospitals between 1995 and 2003.
In the University of Calabar, he has left indelible marks in the College of Medicine having served as Dean, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, two-time Head, Department of Surgery and became Provost, College of
Health Sciences, University of Uyo from 2009 to his recent election as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic). He is a member, University of Uyo Governing Council since 2011 and member, Governing Board of the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital since 2009.
Professor Paul Ekwere has paid his dues in the medical profession, having been the first Professor of Urology, Department of Surgery, College of Medical Sciences, University of Calabar and also Consultant Urologist in the University of Uyo. With over 35 journal articles in General Urology, Urological Oncology and male fertility, he has widely travelled and has participated in more than twenty conferences, workshops, courses and seminar in and out of Nigeria. He is a Sunday school teacher, preacher of the Gospel and is happily married with children.
Mrs. Edak U. Umondak
B.A (Unical), MLS. (Ibadan)
The sixth and first female Registrar of the University of Uyo, Mrs. Edak U. Umondak is a trained Librarian and Administrator. Born in Ibadan, Oyo State, South-West of Nigeria where she had her primary and post-primary education. She proceeded to the University of Calabar where she bagged a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Literary Studies in 1982 and later in 1984, a Master of Library Studies (MLS) degree from the University of Ibadan.
She served her fatherland courtesy of the National Youth Service Corps in far away Bama, Borno State from July 1982 to July 1983. On completion of her Masters degree in Library Studies, she was employed as Librarian-in-Charge of the Nigerian Law Reform Commission, Lagos from 1985 to 1987. She joined the service of the Nigerian Airports Authority, now Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria as Senior Personnel Officer and Head, Personnel Department, Port Harcourt International Airport in 1987 and was later transferred to the Calabar International Airport as Head of Personnel in 1990.
Her service in the ivory tower commenced in 1993 when she joined the University of Uyo as an Assistant Registrar. A meticulous and highly cerebral administrator, she enjoyed steady progress, promotion and commendation from her bosses at various positions and offices, from the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, the Registrar, and various Units and Departments in the University where she served until her attainment of the rank of Deputy Registrar in 2003. She was deployed as Director in the Directorate of Council and Personnel Affairs in 2003 and 2007 respectively.
Mrs. Umondak moved to the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital on leave of absence in 2009, following her appointment as Director of Administration and Secretary, Board of Management. She returned to the University of Uyo following her appointment as Registrar with effect from September 1, 2011.
She is a member of various professional bodies, among which are the Association of Nigerian University Professional Administrators (ANUPA), Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) and Institute of Health Service Administrators of Nigeria (IHSAN). Mrs. Umondak has also participated in various courses, seminars, workshops and presented papers at conferences. A devout Christian, Mrs. Umondak is involved in Children and Family Ministry in her local church, Victory Tabernacle-the Revival Valley Ministries, Uyo. She served as Editor ‘Dewdrops’, the Women’s Fellowship (Rubies Plus +) bulletin from 2000 - 2002. Mrs. Edak Umondak enjoys reading, counselling and listens to country and christian music.
Mr. Michael Edet Asuquo
HND (Polycal) MBA (Uyo ), FCNA, FCIT, FIPOM, MNIM.
Mr. Michael Edet Asuquo, the Bursar of the University of Uyo holds an OND in Accountancy from the College of Technology, Calabar, a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Accountancy from the Polytechnic , Calabar, and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Uyo.
He joined the service of the then College of Education Uyo in 1977 as an Accounting Assistant and rose to the position of Accountant 1 when the College was upgraded to the University of Cross River State in 1984. By the time UNICROSS was taken over by the Federal Government in 1991 and renamed University of Uyo, Mr. Asuquo was appointed Acting Bursar and served in that capacity till September 1992. Thereafter he remained in the system and rose steadily to the position of a Deputy Bursar in 1998. He was appointed the University Bursar in November 2003.
Mr. Michael E. Asuquo is a Fellow of Certified National Accountants (FCNA), Fellow Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (FCIT), Fellow Institute of Practitioners in Work Study and Methods (FIPOM), and Chartered Member, Nigeria institute of Management (MNIM).
Prof. (Mrs.) Felicia Edu-uwem Etim
CLN, FNLA, FCAI, mWALA, mCILIP, mALA, B.Sc., MLS, Ph. D. (Ibadan)
The University Librarian, University of Uyo, Prof. (Mrs.) Felicia Edu-uwem Etim is a professor of Library and Information Science. Her professional career started as Librarian-in-Training in 1983 in the erstwhile University of Cross River State and later transferred to the Faculty of Education, University of Uyo as Lecturer 1 in 1994. She was the Acting Head of Department, Educational Technology and Library Science1998-2000. She was appointed Professor in 2005.
She has taught Diploma, Bachelor, Masters and Ph. D in Library and Information Science courses from 1993 to date. She has practiced librarianship for twenty-five years and has been involved in the education and training of professional librarians for the same period by supervising and graduating over 25 post graduate students. She has served in management positions in the last twelve years.
Prof. (Mrs.) Felicia Etim is certified and chartered by the Librarians’ Registration Council of Nigeria (LRCN). She is also a member of nine professional bodies which include; the Nigerian Library Association (NLA); American Library Association (ALA); West African Library Association (WALA); Reading Association of Nigeria (RAN) and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) of United Kingdom. Within the University of Uyo, she has severally served as either chairman or member of committees, some of which are: University Capital Projects and Services Committee, University Research Committee, University Development Committee, University Postgraduate School Board and the University Central Accreditations Committee.
Professor Felicia Etim has been Chairman, Akwa-Ibom State Library Board and Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Family Support Trust Fund. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of two professional journals and has authored 10 books. Her journal articles are over fifty (50) widely published in national and international journals. Professor Felicia Etim’s area of research has focused mainly on Information Dissemination to User Groups and Information Behaviour Patterns.
She has also been chairman of the Akwa Ibom State branch of the Nigerian Library Association and national council member. Professor Felicia Etim is external examiner to many Library Schools in Nigeria and has been Consultant Information Manager to UNESCO, UNDP, Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited, the World Bank and the Akwa Ibom State Government, Nigeria. She has also been a recipient of many awards for her leadership and contributions to professional development.
Prof. Felicia Etim is the Founder and President of Jewels of God’s Glory (JEGGLO), an evangelistic outreach that is commissioned to rescue, repair, restore the desolate and reconstruct lives through the instrument of the word of God. JEGGLO also plants Library Resource centre for a READ JESUS project in churches and Christian fellowships.
She also chairs a Non-Governmental Organisation – Readership Development and Information Literacy Advocacy (REDILA) which is aimed at providing a fun centred and strategic approach to creating a reading culture and life long information literacy in the society. Her interests and publications can be accessed from her website – www.edudata.online.org