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The Department of Microbiology started in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1965 as a service unit headed by Professor L.C. Ferguson, who was also the Dean of the Faculty of Science. The first indigenous academic staff of the unit was Prof. Nduka Okafor. In 1967 he was joined by Prof. A. N. U. Njoku Obi from the University of Lagos, who subsequently succeeded Prof. Ferguson as Head of the Unit. The Unit was upgraded to a full department in 1970 with a core staff of seven individuals made up of five academic and two technical staff.
The Department admitted 18 pioneer students for both single and combined honours programmes. These pioneer students graduated in 1973. However, the Department graduated one student ahead of the pioneer set in 1972. read more…