“YOU ARE A CROP OF VERITABLE PROFESSIONALS” SAYS UNICAL VC
The Vice Chancellor of the university of Calabar, Prof Florence Banku obi has described the Sign language Interpreter Association (ASLIN) as a crop of veritable and trusted professionals.
Prof Florence Obi said this during the opening ceremony of a four days conference held in the Senate Chamber of the University of Calabar, tagged “Impact of Covid 19 Pandemic on Sign language Interpreting Profession and inclusion of the deaf in the society”.
Prof Obi said she holds the association in high esteem and will do everything humanly possible as the Vice Chancellor to ensure that a Centre for the disabled is established in the institution.
She disclosed that the institution has over hundred disability persons, both staff and students but express the hope that when such a centre is established, it will engender mutual benefit to such persons and the institution at large.
The Vice Chancellor used the occasion to appeal to organizations and individuals to partner with the institution in its bid to enhance a better place for the disabled adding that their welfare will always remain a priority of her administration.
The Vice chancellor congratulated the secretary general of the association for his courage to give Calabar and the university the honour to host the event.
The Executive Secretary of National Commission for Person with Disability, James David Lalu who was also the Special Guest of Honour described Cross River States and the university of Calabar as the abode of the humane.
The Executive Secretary thanked the Vice chancellor of the institution for giving the association the opportunity to have their Second Sign language Interpreting conference tagged(Calabar 2021)
He describe the Vice chancellor as a woman of passion owing to her commitment for the disabled and encouraged her to do more of what she has started with the physically challenged persons by offering them employment and admissions into different fields of learning.
In her address,the Dean of Faculty of Education, Prof Cecilia Ekwueme noted that the conference was organized to bridge the communication gap between what she called “the hearing and non hearing” individuals in society.
Prof Cecilia Ekwueme said the ASLIN annual meeting in Calabar was to create the awareness on the need for the hearing impaired to have free access to information for the promotion of inclusion of the Deaf people in Nigeria.
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