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Let me begin by appreciating God for the gift of life, especially, considering what all of us have had to go through this year, 2020. It is worthy of thanksgiving that we are still here, in spite of all! It is therefore with deep gratitude to God that I welcome you all from the long break forced on us as a result of the lockdown in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic. I wish to also use this medium to express my appreciation to you all for your display of love and acceptance sequel to my emergence as the 11th Vice Chancellor of our noble ivory tower. In this new dispensation, I strongly admonish that we consciously re-engineer our perceptions and attitude to work. The University belongs to all of us, and together, we will ride any turbulent tides en route our desired destination, if we remain committed to the call of duty. Let my re-emphasize my belief in the advantages of a motivated workforce. That is to say, staff welfare would be at the front burner of this administration. However, there would be zero tolerance for mediocrity, unproductiveness and rumour mongering, as we seek to institutionalize a dispensation of hardwork, accountability, transparency, integrity and excellence in service delivery. The task before us is indeed enormous, especially with the setback occasioned by the ongoing strike and, the unprecedented destruction of infrastructure following the endsars protests. I am however confident that if we work together, we can turn things around for the better. We will build on the good foundations laid by my predecessors and break new frontiers where applicable. Yes, we can! Long live the University of Calabar! Long live Cross River State!! Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!!!

Prof. Florence Banku Obi

Vice-Chancellor University Of Calabar

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