CRUTECH pay Last Respect to Late Dr. (Mrs) Obonganwan Edim
Staff and students of Cross River University of Technology today paid their last respects to Late Dr. (Mrs) Obonganwan Ekpenyong Edim who died last month, during her tenure as Head of Department of Mass Communication.
Her body was received at the University’s gate this morning by members of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and principal staff of the University who escorted the ambulance that carried the body in a procession to the University’s New Cafetaria, for a commendation service.
The commendation service featured a Mock Senate Session where the University’s Registrar, Mr. Gabriel Beshel, invited members of Senate to indicate their presence “with the answer present”, after their names are called. The Registrar began the roll call by calling names such as Professor Anthony Owan Enoh, Vice Chancellor of the University, the Deputy Vice Chancellors and some members of Senate before calling Dr. (Mrs) Obonganwan Ekpenyong Edim. He called her thrice. Thereafter, the Registrar submitted that: “Vice Chancellor Sir, Dr. (Mrs) Obonganwan Ekpenyong Edim after 3 calls could not make a response. She lies here in state and no longer a member of Senate.”
The Vice Chancellor who was represented at the occasion by Professor Louis Attah, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), confirmed the Registrar’s submission when he said: “May her soul rest in peace”.
In their respective tributes, representatives of Faculty of Communication Technology, Department of Mass Communication, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the University’s Management, described Late Dr. (Mrs) Obonganwan Edim as a disciplined and committed Lecturer.
Similarly, Reverend (Dr.) Richard Antigha, one of the Officiating Ministers, enjoined Lecturers of the University to learn positive lessons from Dr. (Mrs) Obonganwan Edim’s sudden exit and live exemplary lives. He quoted verses from Psalm 90 of the Holy Bible to emphasize life’s transience and the need for humans to live humbly, meaningfully and selflessly, while reposing unflinching trust in God.
Speaking on the need to abhor arrogance and wickedness, he narrated that eleven years ago, a senior prominent staff of General Hospital Calabar told a female staff of that hospital that was junior in rank to him that she would only be promoted over his “dead body”. According to him, the lady responded “amen”, when the man made that statement. Reverend Antigha disclosed that the lady’s promotion interview held on the day of the funeral service for that senior staff. He enjoined his audience to learn from that incident.
Meanwhile, Late Dr. (Mrs) Obonganwan Edim’s profile shows that she was employed in the Polytechnic Calabar in 1996, before the Institution got transformed into a University in 2002. She was appointed as Head of Department of Mass Communication in December 2017 and died on Sunday, July 8 2018, at the age of 52.
Today’s commendation service in her honor was attended by members of her family, Lecturers from other universities as well as politicians, including Senator Gershom Bassey, Senator representing Cross River State Southern Senatorial District in the National Assembly.
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