Vice Chancellor, University of Calabar, Florence Banku Obi
By Akpan David, Calabar
One of the major host communities of the University of Calabar, the Esuk Atu community has pledged to sponsor vigilante group to compliment the security services of the school.
The acting Village Head, Dr Asuquo Okon Obong made the pledge when the Vice Chancellor, Florence Obi called on them to appreciate their relationship.
He said the vigilante group will assist in mounting security guard at the boundary between them and the school, expressing happiness that quite a number of lecturers, students and staff of the University are inhabitants of their community.
Congratulating Obi as the first female VC of UNICAL, the village head urged her to thread the path of honor and build on the existing good legacies of past administrations.
He said, as a seasoned educationist and mother, she should strive hard to surpass the records of her predecessors by further strengthening the robust partnership existing between the University and them, assuring the school of maximum support to promote peaceful co-existence.
The community leader charged her to place high premium on the welfare needs of the community, adding that, if she works in unison with the community, the University would be reckoned with among the comity of varsities in the country.
He called for the deployment of the school’s security team to beef up their effort, adding that their security post at the boundary between them will help to stem the tide to criminality.
Earlier, Prof Obi urged to see the University as partners in progress by renewing and strengthening the robust synergy existing between them and the institution.
She maintained that a renewed and sustained partnership with the community was imperative, especially as the institution needs a peaceful atmosphere for teaching and learning.
She described the community as ‘critical stakeholders’.
Obi reiterated her administration’s commitment to maintaining the long-standing relationship, stressing that when there is peace and unity, the University will be well positioned for effective service delivery.
She said the University also belongs to the community since it is situated on their land, hence the need for them to protect the interest of the University at all times.
’The University is your own. So you must guard what you have, show concern on how well to manage, offer useful ideas and ensure lives and properties in your community are protected.
’It is absolutely necessary for us to further strengthen our ties so that we can sustain the achievements and legacies of the University, especially in the area of security”, she said.