Sub-Dean: Nkanu Eta
The Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Okuku Campus, was established as a faculty of Cross River University of Technology in 2007. At inception, it was called Faculty of Health Sciences and was commissioned in May 2007 by the then governor, Mr. Donald Duke. The Faculty was renamed Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences in 2009 by the current Vice Chancellor, Prof. E. Efiom Ene-Obong, with the admission of the first batch of students. The Faculty was conceived as a nucleus of an eventual full-fledged College of Medicine.
The Faculty at present has three academic departments, namely, Department of Medical Physiology, Department of Human Anatomy, and Department of Medical Biochemistry. Since the commencement of academic programmes from 2009, the Faculty has experienced tremendous development in the area of staffing, student population, and infrastructures.
Medical Physiology - 12
Medical Biochemistry - 16
Human Anatomy - 16
The Faculty also has 43 persons on its non- teaching staff; these include technologists, both senior and junior.
The total student population is 525, distributed as follows:
In May 2012, the Faculty faced its first accreditation exercise in all three programmes. The Department of Medical Biochemistry and Department of Human Anatomy were both denied accreditation while the Department of Medical Physiology got interim accreditation status. However, the University quickly put its house in order in this regard and invited the NUC back in April 2013; we are glad to report that the 2nd visit was successful as both the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Department of Human Anatomy got full accreditation status. Through the magnanimity of the University’s Management under
the leadership of Professor Ene-Obong, the Faculty was able to get most of the labs equipped, especially the dissecting lab in Department of Human Anatomy. This, in a very great measure, contributed to accreditation of programmes in the faculty (See Tables 5 and 6).
The campus has enjoyed relative peace with its host community of Okuku, Abachor and Ugaga. Happily, cultism, the bane of many
Nigerian universities, has been an absent phenomenon on our campus except shortly after the commencement of academic activities the campus. With the help of the security agencies, the culprits were arrested and the students involved were expelled. The traditional ruler of the host community has been of immense help in maintaining the security of the Campus community.