The Federal Government has appointed the Obong of Calabar, His Royal Majesty, Edidem Ekpo Okon, as the new Chancellor for the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Okon, 66, is among the 37 monarchs appointed as chancellors for the nation’s federal universities.
With the appointment, Okon becomes the fourth chancellor of the university.
Before him were the Emir of Katagum, Bauchi State, Alhaji Kabir Umar; the late Oba of Lagos, Adeyinka Oyekan, and the Asagba of Asaba, Prof. Joseph Edozien.
Okon, who had his early education at St. Patrick’s Convent and St. Mary’s Schools for his primary education, also attended the West African Peoples Institute.
He is a fellow of the National Association of Technological Engineers.
Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole, has stated that university administrators play pivotal roles in policy formulation, analysis and implementation.
He stated this at a lecture organised by the FUNNAB chapter of the Association of Nigerian University Professional Administrators.
The VC noted that the extent to which an organisation could achieve its goals was a direct function of the premium placed on staff training.
According to him, staff training constitutes a salient aspect of the achievements of goals by such institutions, adding that “the training and re-training of university staff cannot be over-emphasised.”