BY- JULIUS OBANGHE. KIJUO, EX FACULTY OF EDU PRESIDENT, UNICAL
The former faculty of Education president of the University of Calabar, Calabar Comr. Julius Obanghe Kijuo who recently wrote to the staff of the University of Calabar enumerating 7 obvious reasons why they needed to support Prof Florence Obi during her campaign has again written to the public on what they should expect from the 11th and 1st female Vice-Chancellor.
I am writing without fear of favor, but to state the raw truth that those who supported Prof Florence Obi with lots of selfish interest will be disappointed . My relationship with Prof Florence goes beyond that of mother and son as people may commonly know us. We have shared administrative friendship during my days in students union. What you need to know is that she is such a refined and detailed administrator who engages and rewards individuals based on competence, not by sycophancy, ethnicity, friendship or relationship.
LET’S GET IT STRAIGHT.
- THOSE EXPECTING APPOINTMENT IN THE UNIVERSITY CABINET
Many of you will be disappointed as appointment will be based on those she has worked with and knows their capacity, those genuinely recommended to her based on their capacity or those she knows has been tested and their capacity confirmed. Already disappointment has started surfacing by those who only depended on their personal closeness not administrative competency. Her recent appointment has consolidated strongly on my view of the quintessential Vice Chancellor appointing beyond ethnic divide and those who are ready to key into the new architecture that will rebuild the University of Calabar.
- JOB AND ADMISSION OPPORTUNITY WITHIN HER REIGN: This will be another heavy shocker to many as the quintessential and excellent first ever female Vice Chancellor of the Unical will predicate her employment of both teaching and non-teaching staff based on capacity. Many who has budgeted envelops of cash for buying of jobs will be disappointed as it won’t be business as usual. She is the type who derives joy in later appreciation of thank you than bags of money. Right from her days as two times Dean of Faculty of Education and Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics University of Calabar I have worked closely with her. Prof Obi has never involved herself in selling of employment or admission. Her assistance to people and reward system is strictly based on hard work and competence not minding where you come from. 3.DISAPPOINTMENT FROM CLOSE, BUT CORRUPT STAFF. Corrupt staff should be ready to face disciplinary action and a possible sack and jail. Prof Florence is someone who don’t compromise on corruption and wrong doing at the expense of targeted goals that will bring positive change. Those who may be patronizing the word “this is our Government ” should be ready to be sacked and jailed as she is someone who doesn’t mixup relationship ,whether brother, sister, or son for administrative convenience. She is a type who prefers using her closest persons to set example for the betterment of all. I am speaking out of experience.
When I was the sitting faculty of Education President in 2013, I was inconsistent in my Teaching Practice School due to ill health. This was against the Teaching Practice Policy emphasised and implemented by her administration. When the entire lecturers in the Faculty of Education sympathized with me on my inconsistent appearance in my teaching practice due to my health challenge, Prof Obi as Dean stood tall on her decision for me to repeat the teaching practice. She insisted that my absent from my practising school as Faculty President without official or medical permission was a bad example to other students and that I must repeat the teaching practice. This threw the entire students in the faculty in a state of confusion and fear as many wondered, what manner of a woman was the Dean who will subject even her son and a sitting president to facing an administrative punishment? But at the end of the day her genuine discipline and concern for quality education and academic excellence vindicated her as she was able to refine teaching practice by curbing students truancy. This helped in boosting the integrity of TP in the Faculty of Education. It also opened opportunities for students going for their TP in other states of Nigeria thus placing the faculty teacher trainees in better light
- CORRUPT STUDENTS UNION LEADERS SHOULD BE READY FOR RUSTIGATION I am speaking as one has been in the kingdom of students union. By God’s Grace I am one of the successful student union leader amongst others whom in 2014 was given award as the best faculty president due to my introduction of the first Electronic signpost from China in the University of Calabar and South-South region from my internally generated revenue as NUESA president becauseof her insistence on accountability and prudent management of funds by the student body including departments. Yes I understand that students union is an independent body that protect the interest of other students on campus, but then there must be a cordial relationship between the students union leaders and the management creating a synergy in achieving their demands without tussle.
So, for any students union leaders who may be carried away by the immunity of their temporary office by not doing what is right, disappointment will become their closest friend, because Prof Florence is one who enjoys friendship with students union leaders, but will not tolerate corrupt union leaders who will tamper with the welfare of the entire students.
- ALL WE SHOULD DO FOR PROF FLORENCE OBI AS THE FIRST FEMALE VC
Those who believe truly that they love the historic emergence of Prof Florence should wish her well towards achieving a better University for the benefit of our today and our children yet unborn.