Chiemeka ADINDU Calabar
Vice chancellor of the University of Calabar, Professor Florence Banku Obi has stressed that she will carry everyone along throughout her tenure. She added that she will always do consultations before taking decisions.
Obi said she will employ the leadership style to move the University forward. She stated that being autocratic is not in her nature as such leadership style brings setbacks and lack of progress. She also noted that situations will decide where she will be autocratic.
Professor Obi who spoke during a live broadcast in Calabar said: “One has to be strict and disciplined in life, if you’re not disciplined you can’t go to anywhere. I have said it before that my administration is going to be inclusive. I will as much as possible embrace everybody. As much as possible, I’ll be democratic. Situations will determine where I’ll be autocratic. Where I’ll need to delegate responsibilities, I’ll do that.
“I will do that a lot because I’ll have to be outside to look for resources for the university. So I will delegate responsibilities to my Deputy Vice Chancellors.
While affirming that the university will resume on February 5, 2020, Obi highlighted that the school is not fully ready for resumption of academics. She said that prompted the Senate to put the date forward to enable management get adequate preparations and put things in order for the resumption.
She said, “I wouldn’t say we are ready, but we’re getting ready working towards being ready. So right now we have set up a COVID-19 response team headed by Dr. Kingsley and he’s doing so well. They have been up and doing. Although we’re not fully ready but we’re working towards that. By fifth we will be 70 percent ready”.
The Vice Chancellor also expressed worries at some activities of students such as cultism and other related activities. She advised students to stay away from cultism and gangsterism. She said she will have a town hall meeting with her students where she will engage the Students’ Union Government, Faculty and Departmental presidents at least two times in a semester to address some of these issues and reorient their minds.