The University of Calabar was thrown into a state of emergency as the main library building was abruptly closed down after reports of an explosive sound that rocked the Special Education Wing. The university management, led by Vice Chancellor Prof Florence Obi, swiftly responded to the incident, prioritizing the safety and well-being of the staff, students, and university property.
According to a press release from the Registrar of the University of Calabar, Mr Gabriel Egbe, the Vice Chancellor, Prof Florence Obi, has directed an immediate closure of the main library building. The decision comes in light of the explosive sound that occurred within the Special Education Wing, raising concerns about potential risks to individuals and infrastructure.
The closure aims to provide an opportunity to thoroughly assess the impact of the incident and take the necessary measures to address any damage or security threats. As a result, all staff and students have been instructed to refrain from entering the building until further notice, ensuring their safety remains paramount.
To ensure an efficient evacuation process, the University Librarian and the Chief Security Officer have been assigned the responsibility of jointly overseeing the urgent and complete evacuation of staff, students, and university properties from the affected building. Additionally, they will work together to implement the sealing of the structure, preventing access until the situation is thoroughly evaluated and appropriate repairs are carried out.
This recent closure of the main library is not the first action taken by the current university management. Recognizing the deteriorating condition of the library’s left wing, Prof Florence Obi’s administration had already declared a state of emergency regarding its infrastructure. This incident further highlights the pressing need for comprehensive renovations and upgrades to provide a safe and conducive learning environment for the university community.
The university management is dedicated to promptly addressing this unfortunate incident and ensuring the safety and security of all individuals within the university premises. Their commitment to maintaining a secure and conducive learning environment remains unwavering.
As the situation unfolds, updates will be provided by the university’s Public Relations Unit, keeping the entire university community informed and up-to-date with the necessary information.