• A 45-year jinx at the University of Calabar (UNICAL) has been broken as Professor Florence Obi has emerged the first female Vice-Chancellor-elect of the institution.

    Prof. Obi will take over from Prof. Zana Akpagu, whose tenure ends on November 30, 2020.

    Announcing the election results on Friday, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council of UNICAL, Senator Nkechi Nwaogu, congratulated Prof. Obi for emerging the first female Vice-Chancellor of the university.

    Nwaogu described Obi as “an astute educational icon” and prayed for the success of her tenure as Vice-Chancellor of UNICAL.

    “You can see the tranquility in this governing council. What we assured the university community is that we were going to be transparent, open, fair, and just.

    “There is a guideline from the Ministry of Education as to how to conduct interview for the appointment of a Vice-Chancellor. There are so many parameters we had to look into and that is exactly what we did,” she said.

    She said Obi’s emergence is a victory for the women and said the 10th Governing Council expects her to build on what the outgoing Vice-Chancellor had done.

    Obi was a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, and former Commissioner for Women Affairs in Cross River State.

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