-Dr Jacob Agba Emerges as Dean of Communication-
Dr Jacob Agba, a visually impaired scholar, has been elected as Acting Dean, Faculty of Communication Technology in Cross River University of Technology. He scored 20 votes to beat Dr Ndoma Brown, immediate past Head of Department of Mass Communication, who scored 13 votes in an election held this morning.
With this result, Dr Jacob Agba has become the first person in the history of Faculty of Communication Technology to emerge as Acting Dean of that Faculty without attaining the position of Head of Department (HOD) of Mass Communication.
Dr Brown, his opponent in today’s election, had served as Head of Department of Mass Communication for two consecutive terms and was reappointed by the University’s administration to serve in that capacity for a third term, before he declined that appointment.
In their campaign message before today’s election, his supporters described the reason for his decline of that appointment as “professional reasons”.
Like Dr Brown observed in his manifesto presented just before the election, Late Dr Etim Anim served as Head of Department of Mass Communication before he became the Faculty’s Acting Dean, just like Dr (Mrs) Veronica Bassey-Duke, immediate past Acting Dean of that Faculty.
Remarkably, Dr Jacob Agba is visually impaired.
It would be recalled that he once told this blog in an interview that he has experienced a lot of discrimination against him. In that interview, he said: “I can assure you that I have been here in CRUTECH for 13 years now.
Among our regular staff, I was actually the first to have a Ph.D., but I tell you, I have not been appointed Head of Department. I know that has to do with my background, yet I have done my work to convince everybody that I can function at any point in time. Even then, I have not concluded that that job has passed me by. I am still hoping that one day I can occupy that position.”
“I can become even the Vice Chancellor of the university if I am professor. When that time comes, anybody that would discriminate against me, I will take him even to the Supreme Court. So, I am waiting. When it is my turn and somebody says, ‘You cannot be because you cannot see’, I would ask him to tell me, to pay damage for that because I have been doing all other things.”
Apparently, today’s election has vindicated Dr Agba’s capabilities and elevated him above the position of Head of Department that seemingly eluded him previously.
In his acceptance speech after the election, he said:
“I assure you that I will not fail you. The other side of me which appears to be a challenge, if you are with me, we can do better. When God called Moses to send him to Aaron, he complained of his speech problem. God asked him a question, ‘don’t you have Aaron, your brother with you?’ At any point that any level of challenge would press me down, I will remember that you are my Aaron there and I can call on any one of you to support me.”
In a similar development, Dr Eteng Eloma has emerged as the Sub Dean of Faculty of Communication Technology. He scored 21 votes to defeat Dr Ndoma Brown who scored 12 votes.
Dr Brown was nominated by Dr Obonganwan Edim, Head of Department of Mass Communication to contest for the position of Sub Dean, after he lost his bid for the position of Dean.
The election exercise formed the only item in the agenda of a meeting Presided over by Dr (Mrs) Veronica Bassey-Duke, immediate past Dean of Faculty of Communication Technology.
It was officiated by Professor Louis Attah, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration) of Cross River University of Technology, Professor Emmanuel Ingwu, the University’s Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics) and Mr Gabriel Beshel, Registrar of the University.
Professor Louis Attah confirmed the outcome of the election and proceeded to announce Dr Jacob Agba as the new Acting Dean of Faculty of Communication Technology and Dr Eteng Eloma as the new Acting Sub Dean of the Faculty.
Meanwhile, Dr Igwe Ewona has emerged as Acting Dean in the Faculty of Science. He got 42 votes to beat Dr Emmanuel Obi who got 10 votes.
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