UniCal’s VC, Prof Obi Lauds TETFund As Varsity Records Milestone

  • Churns out 41 First Class graduates

BY UBON EKANEM, CALABAR – The Vice-Chancellor, University of Calabar (UNICAL), Professor Florence Banku Obi has commended the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) for its tremendous strides in supporting infrastructural development within the University despite the current harsh economic condition in the country.

Prof Obi spoke against the backdrop of the 49-year-old institution recording a milestone in the annals of tertiary education development by turning out 41 first-class graduates without a functional library.

The Vice-Chancellor, who stated this at the University’s 36th Convocation ceremony, noted that the feat was possible due to the reorientation of the workforce, and attitudinal change in work ethics by all stakeholders.

According to her, every positive step would be taken by the management team to ensure that UNICAL regains its former glory and further excels as an institution of international repute.

This is as Prof Obi insisted that laxity and complacency no longer have a place to fester in the University, and no effort would be spared in driving excellent and effective service delivery going forward.

Specifically, she said a situation where students pursue first-degree programmes for up to 10 years and postgraduate, including Ph.D., students, stay beyond three years, is no longer acceptable by the institution’s authorities.

On the intervention by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), the Vice Chancellor commended the agency for its giant strides in the area of infrastructural development within the University despite the current harsh economic condition.

Prof Obi further stated that under her watch, TETFund constructed three academic pavilions and two residential hostels to enhance a congenial atmosphere for the pursuit of academic excellence by the students and all stakeholders in the institution.

Furthermore, she said the School’s authorities have been able to instill a high level of self-confidence and esteem among students and staff, making them consciously speak out on matters that negatively impact their welfare.

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