UNICAL VC CALLS FOR RENEWED SYNERGY WITH ESUK ATU COMMUNITY
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof. Florence Obi, has called on one of its host communities, Esuk Atu Community, to see the University as partners in progress by renewing and strengthening the robust synergy existing between them and the institution.
Prof. Florence Obi who made the call when the Esuk Atu Community paid a courtesy call on her at the Council Chambers of the institution maintained that a renewed and sustained partnership with the community was imperative, especially as the institution needs a peaceful atmosphere for teaching and learning.
While describing the community as ‘critical stakeholders’, the Vice Chancellor restated her administration’s commitment to maintaining the long-standing relationship, stressing that when there is peace and unity, the University will be well positioned for effective service delivery.
She said the University also belongs to the community since it is situated on their land, hence the need for them to protect the interest of the University at all times.
Hear her, ’’The University is your own. So you must guard what you have, show concern on how well to manage, offer useful ideas and ensure lives and properties in your community are protected.”
‘’It is absolutely necessary for us to further strengthen our ties so that we can sustain the achievements and legacies of the University, especially in the area of security.
‘’ A robust synergy between the University and our host communities is needed to bring about positive change the University yearns for’’
This came as the Vice Chancellor promised to engage the youths in meaningful and profitable ventures, adding that entrepreneurial development of youths of the community would be accorded priority attention in order to dissuade them from indulging in criminal activities.
The University helmsman also said the institution would assist the Esuk Atu community and other host communities in other areas of interest whenever the need arises.
Earlier, the Acting Village Head of Esuk Atu Community, Apostle (Dr.) Asuquo Okon Obong congratulated the Vice Chancellor for making history as the First Female Vice Chancellor of the institution and urged her to thread the path of honor and build on the existing good legacies of past administrations.
The Village Head said, as a seasoned educationist and mother, she should strive hard to surpass the records of her predecessors by further strengthening the robust partnership existing between the University and the Esuk Atu Community.
While assuring the Vice Chancellor of maximum support to promote peaceful co-existence, the community leader charged her to place high premium on the welfare needs of the community, adding that, if she works in unison with the community, the University would be reckoned with among the comity of varsities in the country.
Apostle Asuquo appealed to the Vice Chancellor to grant the community access into the University, stressing that, instead of closing up on the community; a security post should be put up at the boundary between the community and the University, even as he called for the deployment of University security personnel to man the post.
The Village Head also pledged to support the University by providing a vigilante group to assist in mounting security guard on the post, maintaining that, the appeal is consequent upon the fact that quite a number of lecturers, students and staff of the University are inhabitants of the community.
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