The University of Calabar (UNICAL) has directed its non-teaching staff to resume work on November 27, with cutlasses, hoes, brooms and buckets to clean up the institution’s environment after months of lockdown.


Gabriel Egbe, the institution’s registrar, in a letter signed by Citizen Ini Ekpo, on Thursday, said the sanitisation exercise was a mandatory one for all non-academic staff.

The letter, with reference number UC/Reg/CIR/68, added that the exercise will be supervised by the registrar and deputy registrars to ensure full compliance.

It explained that the measure was imperative as various parts of the institution have been taken over by weeds which make the environment unhealthy for workers and generally unconducive for teaching and learning.


“It has been observed that most offices and their surroundings have been overtaken by weeds and other debris. This condition is not only unhealthy to the workers, but also unconducive for efficiency,” it read.

“As members of this community, it would be proper not to overlook our filthy environment in the course of discharging our official duties. All Faculty/Institute officers and other senior administrative staff in the various departments, units and centres are to coordinate this exercise and ensure full compliance by all the staff.”

The directive, it was gathered, was greeted with mixed reactions, with some non-teaching staff of the institution said to have kicked against the move.


The varsity has been shut since March due to the industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) coupled with the lockdown occasioned by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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