UNIZIK upgrades 24 academic staff to professors

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By Gabriel Chy Alonta

Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra state, has promoted 24 academic staff to the professorial cadre. Of the 24 professors, 17 were males while the other seven were females.

Acting Director of Information and Public Relations of the university, Mrs. Chika Ene, disclosed this to newsmen in her office recently.

The acting PRO said apart from the 24 persons promoted to professorial rank, another 23 were equally elevated to the rank of reader.

Ene said that the staff were promoted after thorough scrutiny at the 99th meeting of the Appointments and Promotions Committee for Academic staff. She added that it was subsequently approved by the University Governing Council at its 119th meeting.

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Orient Daily gathered that the Faculty of Management Sciences tops the chart with five professors, followed by Social Sciences with four professors, while Arts, Engineering and Medicine have three professors. Faculties of Health Science Technology and Bio-Sciences have two each while faculties of Basic Medical Sciences have one each.

Ene stated that the promotion was in accordance with the vice-chancellor’s drive at transforming the institution to become one of the first 200 universities in the world.

According to her, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Charles Esimone, FAS, had placed huge priority on staff welfare. A good number of members of staff both teaching and non-teaching have been promoted.

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Recently, many junior staff who had upgraded their certificates in the course of time were promoted to senior staff and all of these happened within seven months of assuming office as the 6th substantive vice-chancellor.

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