In a follow-up to the 2018 Conference on Historical Monoliths in Cross River Region, organized by the Department of History and International Studies University of Calabar, under the headship of Associate Professor Frank Enor, which recorded great attendance of both high profile personalities in the state and students, we are pleased and glad to inform the University management, Faculty of Arts and the general public, that the National Association of History and International Studies Students, University of Calabar chapter under the leadership of Comrade Abani Sunday Onen, have resolved to erect these Monoliths in the University of Calabar Community, and upon which all approval has been given to that effect; and this project christened “Prof. Florence Obi Historical Square” is in honor of Professors Emmanuel Ayandele, Pioneer Vice-Chancellor, Okon Edet Uya, first DVC and Pioneer Dean of the faculty of Arts, and Bassey Andah, a renowned Archaeologist, for their indelible contributions to the development and growth of the University of Calabar since its inception. 

These monoliths tell us a huge variety of the cultures of pre-historic societies of Aboriginals, and they remain ancient treasures, artifacts ample evidence in historical reconstruction.

Today, being the 30th of September, the groundbreaking/foundation laying of this historic project was performed, and privileged to have our amiable Vice-Chancellor 11th,  Professor Florence Banku Obi who carried out this ritual. 

While we await the commissioning of this project in no distant time, let me on behalf of my entire executive members thank the Head of the Department of History and International Studies and staff, the Dean of Faculty of Arts, the Vice-Chancellor of our prestigious University for their encouragement and support that has brought this project to this level. More so, I thanked the Erection Committee under the chairmanship of Snr. Comrade Ayang Victor Moses for a show of capacity and working assiduously to seeing to the progress made so far in this project, and the entire students of the department for their commitment.

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