“BE VANGUARDS, SHOW THAT YOU ARE MODELS TO YOUR PEERS”: VC TELLS EFUT YOUTHS
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof Florence Obi has charged the youths of the Efut nation to remain trustworthy vanguards, and models to their peers in the community and society at large.
The Vice Chancellor gave the charge when the officials of the National Association of Efut Youth Council, Cross River State led by its president, Mr Eyo Etim Akpandem paid her a courtesy visit in office.
Prof Florence Obi in a statement told the youths “you are organized, you are responsible, you are focused, inculcate this attitude in your peers, let them know that they don’t need degree to behave properly”.
As a teacher, the Vice Chancellor said she has a liking and passion for youths and will like to partner with them in relevant areas of mutual benefit to the Youth body, Efut nation and the university of Calabar.
She disclosed the intention of the University to reach out to about 10 youths in each of the host communities with a view to getting them learn relevant skills under the aegis of its Entrepreneurship Development Programme and be empowered thereafter.
Responding to the plea for one of the security chieftains to be appointed from the Efut area, Professor Obi said employment under her watch in the university will not necessarily follow ethnic sentiments but proof of qualification and performance adding that her administration is all-inclusive.
On the request for the inclusion of Health Education in the GSS Programme, the Vice Chancellor said the university is being guided by the National University Commission (NUC) on the nature and list of courses to run adding that for the first time, a Sub- Dean has been appointed in the Students’ Affairs to attend to health issues among students.
In an earlier address, the President of the National Association of Efut Youth Council, Cross River State, Mr Eyo Etim Akpandem had congratulated the Vice Chancellor on her emergence as the 11th and first female Vice Chancellor of the institution and expressed the optimism that she will take the university to greater heights.
Mr Akpandem also implored the Vice Chancellor to look into issues of employment, Tuition fee, Security and the possible introduction of Health Education as a course in the GSS programme.
The high point of the visit was the presentation of an award to the Vice Chancellor by the Youth Council.
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