Staff and students in the University of Calabar have been urged to explore and utilize facilities in the Institutions Electronic library for effective and meaningful research, development and Information Communication Technology.

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof. James Epoke made this known during the official hand over and commissioning of the E-Library at the Institution.

Prof. James Epoke who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration, Prof. James Utsalo said with the establishment of the E- library in the institution, it will go a long way in boosting Accreditation in which libraries are normally screened intensively.

He stated that the execution of the project by the Deep Offshore Community Affairs Group (DOCAG) signifies a great passion in furnishingstaff and students with first class knowledge in Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

The Vice Chancellor also explained that the beauty of Information Communication Technology is that it aid staff and students with extensiveknowledge not only in academics, but world Wide pursuit of knowledge.

In a keynote address, the Chairman of the Deep Shore Community Affairs Group (DOCAG) Mr. Joseph Adeyemi said (DOCAG) is a congregation of thedeep offshore operators in the Nigerian oil and gas Industry, made up of seven oil companies.

Mr. Adeyemi, who was represented by the Vice Chairman, Dr. Nkoyo Attah, stated that the development of human capital is one of the cardinal objectives of community development which has led to the choice of Unical as a beneficiary of the project.

Mr. Adeyemi explained that over the years, DOCAG has supported communities in different sectors, such as medical and infrastructural upgrade of laboratories and provision of equipment.

The chairman enumerated projects involved in the E- library to include the renovation of an existing hall in the Institution to house the project, provision and installation of air conditioners in halls, partitioning of the library hall and two offices for library staff, furnishing of offices with tables and chairs, networking and provision of internet server infrastructure amongst others.

He expressed the hope that through the execution of projects, the inherent gains of industry co-operation in the delivery of sustainable community developmentwill be properly maintained.

In a separate interview, the Deputy General Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility and Public Affairs of the Deporter District for Total Upstream Nigeria, Dr Nkoyo Attah said the project has been implemented in coalition with all theDeporter operators in Nigeria made up of (9) companies with Unical being the first beneficiary.

Dr Attah stated that the gesture is to complement government�s effort in the area of infrastructure, health and sports.

In a vote of thanks, the University librarian Dr Mrs. Margaret Edem expressed appreciation to (DOCAG) for a dream come true, and assured the team that the E- library will be properly maintained and judiciously utilized.

The occasion featured signing of memorandum of understanding between University of Calabar and DOC.


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