Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Professor James Epoke, said Tuesday that the six lecturers sacked from the university about three months ago over alleged plagiarism will not be reinstated.
Epoke said in an interview in Calabar that the affected lecturers were sanctioned after a thorough investigation. He said, “The committee set up by the institution to assess the academic staff for promotion found out that the affected lecturers had been involved in copying the works of others and for that reason they were out-rightly sacked”.
The vice chancellor said it was wrong for people to think that the affected lectures were arbitrarily punished, adding, “they actually appeared before the screening committee which was made up of professors but could not defend the issue of plagiarism raised against them”.
On the achievements of his administration in the past one year, Epoke said the university was consolidating on earlier achievements.
According to him, the institution has maintained a high academic standard, achieved prompt release of results as well as promoted discipline among staff and students.
“In the past one year, UNICAL benefitted from the Federal Government’s special intervention grant for tertiary institutions in the country. This fund is being channeled into the construction of facilities for the medical school of the university,” he said.
Epoke said the university stepped up to 6th position from 22nd in the index of performing universities in the country, adding that peace and tranquility which had been elusive in the past have returned to the university community.