The Paramount Ruler of Bakassi Local Government Area and Chairman of Cross River State Traditional Rulers Council, HRM, Etiyin Etim Okon Edet, has pledged his support and cooperation for the incoming VC of the University of Calabar, Prof. Florence Banku Obi.
The Royal father, who received the VC elect in his house in Calabar, congratulated her for breaking the jinx of becoming the first female to be elected to head the 45-year old institution.
He said that Prof. Obi’s emergence will stabilise the University system by way of promoting academic excellence and research.
“I want to tell you today that your victory is widely celebrated. The university system deserves the best hands and I know that you will deliver.
“We will support you because we don’t want anyone to distract you as a woman. I urge you to raise the institution higher when you assume office,” he said.
The Paramount Ruler, who noted that the VC elect always appear in traditional attires, presented her with “quality wrappers” as a gift for visiting his palace.
Similarly, the Paramount Ruler elect of Calabar Municipality, HRM, Ndidem Eta Bassey Eteta III, said he was happy to receive the VC elect in his palace.
According to him, he received the news of the emergence of Prof. Obi with joy, adding that Calabar Municipality will continue to promote a peaceful environment for the institution to thrive.
The VC elect also visited the State Security Adviser, South, Mr Ani Esin in his office, where she commended the Security Adviser for his laudable steps in fighting all forms of criminality in Southern Senatorial District.
Responding, Mr Ani Esin congratulated the VC elect for emerging victorious, assuring her that his office will work closely with the University in maintaining peace and order.
He maintained that the collaboration will foster a cordial working relationship in checking all cases of insecurity within the university’s community.
The VC elect also visited the Department of State Service where she solicited their support in the area of security and surveillance within the university’s community.