Florence Obi: UNICAL gets first female Vice-Chancellor
Professor Florence Obi has emerged the first female Vice-Chancellor-elect of the University of Calabar (UNICAL), Cross River State.
Florence Obi, who hails from the Faculty of Education, was a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, and former Commissioner for Women Affairs in Cross River State.
UNICAL announced this on its Twitter handle. See tweet below:
We are pleased to announce that the Governing Council of the University of Calabar has approved the appointment of Prof. Florence B. Obi of Special Education as the 11th (1st Female) Vice Chancellor effective from 1st December 2020. pic.twitter.com/xhjHR68P5i
— University of Calabar, Nigeria. (@Unical1975) September 11, 2020
The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, UNICAL Governing Council, Senator Nkechi Nwaogu hailed the emergence of Obi on Friday.
Obi, who topped the screening exercise involving 12 other candidates, will take over from Prof. Zana Akpagu.
(Prof. Akpagu’s tenure will end on November 30, 2020.)
Senator Nwaogu congratulated the Vice-Chancellor-elect, describing her as “an astute educational icon”.
She said: “You can see the tranquility in this governing council.
“What we assured the university community is that we were going to be transparent, open, fair, and just.
“There is a guideline from the Ministry of Education as to how to conduct interview for the appointment of a Vice-Chancellor.
“There are so many parameters we had to look into and that is exactly what we did,” she noted.
She said Obi’s emergence is a victory for the women.
On her part, Professor Florence Obi promised to run an inclusive administration.
She said: “I’m happy and return all the glory to God.
“I have just received my appointment letter from the 12th Council as Vice Chancellor-elect.
“The process was free and fair, and I promise to run an inclusive administration.”
Meanwhile, ElombahNews on September 9, reported that members of UNICAL Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) protested non-payment of their allowances at the university premises on Wednesday.
Addressing the protesters, the Chairman of UNICAL chapter, Dr John Edor, said the allowances had been owed for several years.
“We are demanding full payment of our entitlements from the management of the University of Calabar.
“Some of the entitlements include promotion arrears, fellowship and conference allowances and other entitlements.”