By George Odok
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof. Florence Obi, has been admitted into the Institute for Tourism Professionals in Nigeria by the national leadership of the Institute.
The VC, who was represented by Prof. Mike Okom, the Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration, was admitted into the institute on Friday in Calabar for her contributions to the growth of tourism in the university and the state in general.
National President of the Institute, Mr Abiodun Dusanwo, who presented the certificate to the VC as a Fellow, said that the Institute found her worthy for her excellent role in promoting tourism and research.
According to Dusanwo, the Institute is particularly pleased with the VC for her role in introducing Tourism Studies in the University, which later became a full fledged department in the Institution.
The National President, who recalled the role the VC played during the early stage of the Calabar Carnival, in the administration of former Gov. Donald Duke, maintained that she was a certified tourism practitioner.
“This award is to encourage you to do more for tourism studies in the university. The Institute is proud to associate with you as one who introduced the study of Tourism into the University of Calabar.
“We are also happy that over the years, you have continued to play an excellent role in the tourism sector in the state, especially in the promotion of the largest street party in Africa, the Calabar carnival,” he said.
Responding, the VC thanked the Institute for the honour, assuring the Institute that her administration would continue to promote the study of tourism and research.
She told the delegation from the Institute that she introduced the study of Tourism into the university in the Faculty of Social Sciences before it became a full fledged department.
She assured them of her administration’s desire in collaborate with relevant partners and stakeholders with a view to promote and enhance the growth of Tourism Studies in the University. (NAN)