Professor Florence Banku-Obi of the Faculty of Education has broken a 45-year jinx by emerging the first female Vice-Chancellor-elect of the University of Calabar, Cross River State.
She emerged top after a rigorous screening exercise involving 12 other candidates.
Florence will take over from Professor Zana Akpagu, whose tenure ends on 30 November 2020.
The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council, UNICAL, Senator Nkechi Nwaogu, who announced the emergence of Obi on Friday, congratulated her for emerging the first female Vice-Chancellor of the 45-year-old institution.
Nwaogu described Obi as “an astute educational icon” and prayed for the success of her tenure as Vice-Chancellor of UNICAL.
“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 an 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 said.
She said Florence’s emergence is a victory for the women and said the 10th Governing Council expects her to build on what the outgoing Vice-Chancellor had done.
“What I expect from her is to look at what the outgoing Vice-Chancellor has done, governance is a continuum, start from where he has stopped and ensured there is integration even amongst all the people that contested with her,” Nwaogu said.
Also speaking, Florence promised to run an inclusive administration, adding, “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.”
Florence was a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, and former Commissioner for Women Affairs in Cross River State and also as a member of the University Governing Council.
Obi us an indigene of Boki local government area in Cross River and she has been a lecturer in the Department of Education.
She has over 60 publications to her credit in both local and international journals.
One of the candidates, Professor Joseph Asor, while reacting to the outcome, said, “We lost. Florence Obi won. I came third. I have congratulated her. May God give her the strength and wisdom to pilot the affairs of our university. I thank you all for the support.”