The Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, and his predecessor cum vice presidential candidate of People’s Democratic Party in the last General elections, Mr Peter Obi have congratulated Professor Charles Egbu on his appointment as the first black Vice-Chancellor of a British University.
Egbu, a Professor of Quantity Surveying, has been appointed Vice-Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University in England and will assume duties on 1st November, 2020.
Governor Obiano in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment Mr. C- Don Adinuba, described it as a great moment for not only the government and people of Anambra State but also all Nigerians and indeed, Africans and Blacks across the globe.
He said that Professor Egbu’s emergence is a game-changer in the history of higher education. He maintained that Professor Egbu reminds all Africans of when Professor Kenneth Onwuka Dike, another worthy indigene of Anambra State, became the first African and Black Principal of the University College, Ibadan, and later emerged the first African and Black Vice-Chancellor of the University, which was established in 1948.
Similarly, Mr. Peter Obi in a statement on Thursday by his special adviser Valentine Obienyem said he was overjoyed when he heard the news of Egbu’s appointment, which he described as a clear reward for excellence, commitment and focus.
Commenting on Egbu’s achievements and that of many Nigerians making waves abroad, Obi said: “It simply corroborates what the literary icon, Prof. Chinua Achebe, said, that nothing is wrong with the air Nigerians breathe, nor the water we drink. Our problems are mostly self-inflicted, arising from leadership failures and our inability to rise above our weaknesses.”
Prof Egbu hails from Abatete in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra state.