- For the first time in 45 years, UNICAL has produced its first female vice-chancellor-elect
- Professor Florence Obi emerged the vice-chancellor-elect on Thursday after a thorough screening exercise involving 12 other candidates
- The new VC will take over from Professor Zana Akpagu whose tenure ends on November 30, 2020
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Florence Obi, a professor and lecturer of the faculty of education, has achieved a rare and impressive feat by becoming the first female vice-chancellor-elect of the University of Calabar (UNICAL) in Cross River state.
According to a report by The Cable, Mrs Obi emerged the vice-chancellor-elect on Thursday, September 10 after a thorough screening exercise involving 12 other candidates.
Legit.ng gathers that Obi's victory was announced on Friday, September 11, by the university's pro-chancellor and chairman governing council, Nkechi Nwaogu.
Nwaogu commended the VC-elect for emerging the first female to attain the position in the 45 years of the institution’s existence.
The pro-chancellor said: “At the end of the day, we had a brand new first female VC of the University in the last 45 years. The interview was transparent and some of the contestants are part of our council."
Speaking after her victory, the professor expressed gratitude to God while also promising to run an inclusive administration.
Her words: “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."
Obi had served as the commissioner, ministry of women affairs, and social development and member of the Cross River state executive council in 2007.
She is expected to take over from Professor Zana Akpagu whose tenure ends on November 30, 2020.
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