The Tor Tiv in Benue, James Ayatse, was on Monday installed the 10th substantive Chancellor of the University of Benin (UNIBEN).
Mr Ayatse succeeds the deposed Emir of Kano, Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
The installation coincided with the launch of a book to mark the golden jubilee anniversary of the institution established in 1970, which could not hold in 2020 due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his acceptance speech, the new chancellor announced a prize for the best well-behaved student of the institution, beginning from the 2022 academic session.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari, who is a visitor of the university, for finding him worthy of the position.
“This new assignment is a familiar terrain and I promise to work diligently with the management of this institution to take the university to greater heights.
“I am not unaware of the oblivious challenges confronting public universities in Nigeria. I assure you that I will use my influence to take UNIBEN to greater heights,” said the traditional ruler.
In her remarks, the vice-chancellor of the university, Lilaini Salami, expressed optimism that the newly installed chancellor would steer the university to greater heights.