BY George Odok
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof. Florence Obi, has pledged to improve on the institution’s Cooperate Social Responsibility (CSR) towards the university’s host communities.
Prof. Obi made the pledge when she received the executives of the Akim Youths Council from Calabar Municipality who were in her office for a courtesy visit.
The Vice Chancellor, who said she was happy to receive them, described the Akim Youths as very organized as exemplified by their patience and candor, even as she encourages youths of other local government to emulate them.
She informed the youths that she recognizes the role the community has played in the development of the university, hence her decision to visit the chiefs of the host communities even while she was still VC designate.
She added that it has always been her desire to work closely with the host communities.
The VC informed them that the university under her leadership will continue to explore other ways of empowering members of the host communities.
“The host communities should be the first to police the university, as a matter of policy, ensure that they take ownership and protect the university from vandals and those who seek to plunder it,” she said.
In an earlier remark, the President of the Akim Youths Council, Mr Fred Okon, while congratulating the Vice Chancellor over her success at the keenly contested Vice Chancellorship interviews, said her appointment was well deserved.
According to Okon, the visit was a mark of solidarity and for them to associate with the new Vice Chancellor and by extension, the entire university management.
Okon, while expressing the Youth Council’s appreciation for the opportunity and privilege, recounts the events of the unfortunate #Endsars protest hijack, and how the Akim Youths took it upon themselves to defend the university on Oct. 24.
Describing the Vice Chancellor as a mother, the Youth President pledged that the Council will continue to support the VC, as well as protect the university at all times.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Youths presented the VC with an artist impression of her portrait as a gift.