Buhari celebrates Charles Egbu, first Nigerian named Vice Chancellor in UK

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A photo collage of President Muhammadu Buhari and Professor Charles Egbu.
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President Muhammadu Buhari Friday expressed delight at the news of appointment of Prof. Charles Egbu, from Anambra State, as Vice Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University, United Kingdom.

The President felicitated with the academic, who is the first black person appointed helmsman of a ranked university in the UK, urging him to continue to proudly hold the flag of Nigeria aloft in all his endeavours in the elevated position.

“With wide experience as Pro-Chancellor at University of East London, Dean of the School of Built Environment and Architecture at London South Bank University, and stints at University of Salford, University College London, Glasgow Caledonian University, Leeds Beckett University, among others, I have no doubt that you will acquit yourself creditably once again in this new assignment,” Buhari said.

The President described Egbu as a foremost Quantity Surveyor with 12 books and over 350 publications to his credit, saying he’s “a worthy example of an industrious Nigerian, whom the younger generation should adopt as a role model.”

Buhari, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, urged the new vice chancellor, who would assume office in November, to build on the strong foundations laid by his predecessors at the university, where he is equally an alumnus.

Egbu is the first black vice chancellor of Leeds Trinity University and perhaps the first ever of any United Kingdom University or College.

Idowu Sowunmi