University of Calabar Law Faculty Celebrates Milestone: 17 Ph.D. Graduates, Including 5 Faculty Members, Shine at 36th Convocation Ceremony”


Saturday, March 23, 2023, marked a momentous occasion for the University of Calabar Faculty of Law as 5 members of staff were among the distinguished recipients of a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Law from the esteemed University of Calabar. The ceremony, held as part of the University’s 36th Convocation Ceremony, saw the conferment of this prestigious honor upon them and thirteen other exceptional individuals.

The newly minted Ph.Ds of the Faculty are: Dr. Anne Uruegi Agi, Dr. Amarachukwu Ijiomah, Dr. Roland Ipuole, Dr. Agbor Itu Bassey and Dr. Owoche Antai.

The students expressed sincere gratitude to the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Florence Banku Obi, for her exceptional leadership and dedication in guiding the University’s affairs; also for appointing an exceptional Dean in the person of Prof. Eyong Ubana Eyong, to oversee the Postgraduate College and ensuring its excellence and timely completion of students’ programs.

The Faculty of Law is clearly rejoicing at this momentous achievement, welcoming its esteemed colleagues to the esteemed ranks of Ph.D holders.

Speaking on behalf of the Faculty, Associate Professor Rose Ohiama Ugbe, the Dean of the Faculty expressed immense delight at the enriching addition of 5 new Ph.D holders to the academic community, heralding a new era of scholarly prowess and intellectual discourse within. the Faculty. She pointed out that she was exceedingly confident in the 5 and was certain that they will make the University proud in the coming days.

Our correspondent caught up with Dr. Anne Agi who revealed that her doctoral thesis delved into the critical realm of intellectual property protection, focusing on the intricate domains of cyberspace and outer space. She assured that her groundbreaking research will contribute significantly to the ongoing discourse surrounding legal frameworks in the digital age.

In particular, Dr. Agi, extended her heartfelt thanks to her esteemed supervisors, Associate Professors Rose Ohiama Ugbe and Edem Udoaka, for their invaluable guidance and meticulous support throughout her academic journey.

Acknowledging the unwavering support of her family, Dr. Agi paid tribute to her parents, siblings, relatives, and colleagues whose encouragement and celebration have been instrumental in her success.

Anne Uruegi Agi, a distinguished legal practitioner, was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2005 and holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Ibadan. The induction of Dr. Agi and her colleagues into the elite cohort of Ph.D holders underscore their unwavering commitment to academic excellence and scholarly pursuits.

Notably, the 5 above were awarded the degree with 12 others, making a total of 17 Ph.Ds in Law awarded. Of this 17, 9 are male and 8 females. The other 12 are:

– Senator Odey Stephen Adi
– Asuquo Okon Effiong
– Kolo Eunice Awaji
– Essien Imaobong Okokon
– Iheanacho Ugochukwu Udoka
– Abonyi Gerald Ugochukwu
– Nwokedi Daisy Adesuwa
– Egwu Patience Vouda
– Obong Ededet Eyoma
– Timothy Idongesit Idongesit
– Sani Emmanuel
– Edemekong Godwin okon

The exemplary achievement of this new academic Doctors, serve as a testament to their unwavering dedication, scholarly acumen, and indomitable spirit, inspiring future generations of legal scholars to aspire to greater heights of academic excellence.

The convocation ceremony was inaugurated with an enlightening lecture delivered by the erudite Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of the Sokoto Diocese. His impassioned address emphasized the imperative of unity amidst diversity, urging all stakeholders to foster camaraderie and eschew tribal sentiments for a harmonious academic environment.

In his discourse, he emphasized the crucial role of effective leadership in unifying diverse groups within the nation to leverage their collective strengths, drawing an analogy of an Ochestra where the conductor orchestrates harmony among different instruments.

He lamented the tendency to rely on state creation as a solution instead of actively harnessing the potential of our diversity, noting that rather than increasing prosperity, we often opt to create more bureaucratic structures. In his words, “Rather than create more food on the table, we, as a country, prefer to create more tables”.

Bishop Kukah’s lecture resonated deeply with the audience, evoking the insightful words of Chidi Odinkalu, who likened Bishop Kukah’s altar to a platform, with the entire country as his congregation.

The link to Bishop Kukah’s video is below:

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