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University of Calabar Dismisses 5 Lecturers, Demotes 10 for Plagiarism & Financial Fraud

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Five academic staff of the University of Calabar have been dismissed from the institution after being found guilty of plagiarism and financial fraud, while ten others have been demoted from their positions. This was noted by the Governing Council of the University in a press release yesterday.

According to the release which was signed by the secretary to the Council and Registrar of the institution, Dr. Julia Omang, four of the dismissed academic staff were involved in plagiarism while one was a case of financial fraud.

The press release, which was made available to The Nation, further states that 10 academic staff were demoted because they chose to publish their works in fake or cloned journals and proceeded to submit same and obtained promotion in the process.

Those that were dismissed for outright plagiarism are, Dr. Azubuike Iloeje and Dr. Maurice Bisong of the Department of English and Literary Studies, Mr. Oden Ubi of the Department of Marketing and Dr. Paulinus Noah of the Department of Linguistics and Communication Studies.

According to the release, Dr. Damian Agom was dismissed for salary overpayment, thereby enriching himself to the tone of N7, 268,044. 95 over a period of 11 months.

The demoted lecturers are – Prof. Udoayang, Dr. Asuquo Akabom, Dr. Sunday Effiong and Dr. C. O. Udoka, all of Accounting Department, Prof. Molinta Enendu Department of Theatre and Media Studies and Dr. E.S.Akpan of Banking and Finance

Also demoted are – Dr. A.I. Afangideh and Dr. Francis Okpiliya of the Department of Geography and Environment Science and Dr. K.B.C Ashipu of the Department of English and Literary Studies.

Professors Udoayang and Enendu were demoted to the rank of senior lecturer, while Dr. Okpiliya, Dr. Afangideh and Dr. Ashipu have now moved down to position of lecturer 1.

Besides their demotion, they are to refund all monies earned from their unmerited promotion and barred from promotion for the next six years, the release stated.

It is disheartening that the sort of offences usually committed by corrupt politicians and public office holders has filtered into the academic institutions to such an extent that is punishable with dismissal and demotions.

Using fake journals to obtain a promotion is not just the sort of thing we hear of from academicians. Fraud and plagiarism are also serious offences which are not supposed to be taken lightly, especially in an environment where the characters of our future leaders are being molded.

Considering this, what do you think of the action taken by the University’s governing council? Is it commendable?

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

36 Comments

  1. Enigma

    March 16, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    And by not publishing their names, you help cover up their shame so that they feel none and others can join them as well. The disease that is corruption is in every Nigerian now, so behaving like the Ostrich and burying our heads in the sand does not change it. Nigeria’s biggest problem is lack of responsibility for ones actions, and shame, criticism and condemnation are part of the checks and balances that keeps man on the right path. i know a lot of people who will disagree with me but i stress it again, everyone is corrupt and we have the government we have because it is what we deserve. BN if you help them hide, you continue to let them get away with it.

    • Sue

      March 18, 2013 at 12:33 am

      God bless my alma mater……i cant believe this happened in my school, unical that used to be the home of lawlessness…..brighter days are here indeed

  2. d

    March 16, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    vry gud, hopefully oda universities wuld begin 2 check deir lecturas and d system in general

  3. Bee

    March 16, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    wow…smh!

  4. Peppy

    March 16, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Great job. Government officials that break the law should also be reprimanded and things will start taking its normal shape in Nigeria.

  5. Na wa

    March 16, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Plagiarism has always been the order of the day in any school in naija so that’s not an issue IMO.

  6. siky

    March 16, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    BN y didn’t u publish the names? That means u r promoting Plagiarism and Fraud.

  7. Naija talk

    March 16, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    UCAL’s governing council has acted commendably. This just makes you wonder what the state of affairs could possibly be at other institutions. Baby Steps….we will get there lagbara Olorun

  8. Biggie

    March 16, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Their names are not necessary cos they aren’t public figures.

    • Paschal

      March 17, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      Their names r necessary cos d university is a vry big institution dat ve produced alot of people like d current Akwa Ibom State gov. meanwhile dose of us that graduated from dere know almost all d lecturers affected.

  9. chimanu

    March 16, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Good step for the lecturers, next stop are students who apart from cheating their way through also copy and lift projects, i believe its grounds for withdrawing degrees

  10. OK

    March 16, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Commendable effort….but all this haphazard “punishment” seem selective and like a witch-hunt of sorts, or like someone’s got an axe to grind. Nevertheless, the action is commendable and I wish it could spread to all facets of the Nigerian polity.

    • Ides of March

      March 18, 2013 at 3:49 am

      Totally agree

  11. iamfascinating

    March 16, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    tor.
    thestunninglady.blogspot.com

  12. Joe

    March 16, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Nice one @BN how i wish you could publish such news to about my university #University of Buea here in Cameroon
    alot of plagiarism do exist especially when it comes to research…Professors and Lectures just do what they feel they can to intimidate the *have nots* which to me is not fair
    i like reading such stories…

  13. Naija talk

    March 16, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Wow! The power of BN commenters party. Very sharply indeed, BN published the names. I am very impressed. I do wish the rest of Nigeria could work like this.

    • Iris

      March 16, 2013 at 6:30 pm

      LOL!

  14. MissBrown

    March 16, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    very good…plagiarism is a very serious offence and it has been going on for too long in Nigerian universities. its about time they start dealing with it.

  15. mairo D Atiku

    March 16, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    What a shame! Other Lectures should watched out!!!

  16. miskimbis

    March 16, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    choi! i sabi this lecturers oooh! what a shame!!

  17. Creamy_Amie

    March 16, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    This issue has to be dealt with in our system of education…

  18. Deedee

    March 16, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    What a shame!!!!!!!!!

  19. Immanuel

    March 16, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    The fact still remains that: we’re all hypocrites! However, the Govening Council should be commended 4 a job probably well done.

  20. ghi

    March 17, 2013 at 8:01 am

    wat names are u guys talkin about,pls am i d only one seein names of lecturers there? as a graduate of unical n accounting dept i am sayin God catch u Mr Akabom after frustrating the lives of students u tink u can go unpunished?nah.

  21. Damola

    March 17, 2013 at 11:41 am

    So disgusting!

  22. umoh

    March 18, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Let the university covering authority extends such disciplinary measures to lectures who collect bribe from students,for delibrately failing them.I welcomed the action of the university authority.

  23. Grace

    March 18, 2013 at 11:03 am

    I like such moves….University of Calabar? I cant even advice my enemy to attend that school.#smh. Wicked lectureres both males and females alike.

  24. Ben

    March 18, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Wao,My alma mater! ,Keep it up.Ensure the bad eggs are flushed out.The action is commendable.

  25. udeme raphael

    March 18, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    is that d few unical cld see. god wil continue to show is face in that skol. thieves

  26. Cok map

    April 12, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Prof rufai alkali the pro-chancellor of FUT MINNA should be brought to book also bcs of his froudulent act

  27. Link me

    May 5, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    #20,000 was accorded to every Akwa Ibom state students by their govt Gods’will Akpabio. Up till date the money has not been released. Mrs Julia Omang should stop corruption in all level and not only on the level of plagiarism

  28. Goddysilver

    July 13, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    I giv dos concern three kposa 4 d work wel done

  29. Rowland Edem Bassey

    August 2, 2013 at 8:28 am

    I pray God should touch the heart of men, so that they will not do evil to their fellow men because the same measure you give to some one, that
    is the same measure that will be given to you.

  30. Ekpenyong Ekpo

    July 14, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    I love this, How I wish people like the so called Dr. Mrs. – – a DEVIL in form of a woman will equally be caught some day. I studied in Chemistry Department. She frustrated the lives of so many but she steals more than a rat. I will soon publish her own atrocities too.

  31. Njar David

    May 16, 2015 at 1:18 am

    May God help us. All I know is they we’re just unfortunate… Many more are so guilty. Weldon for the good job

  32. Inemesit Friday Smith

    September 8, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    I wish Dr. – and Dr
    – were sacked. A- in particular is a notorious exam malpractice guru. He sleeps with female students to pass them and fails the males and females who do not comply with his terms. He should be sacked. I have convincing evidence against them, even the one called A-, M. A. of same department.

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