Nigerian Students Drum Support For Gov Emmanuel, As Gov Parleys ‘Em
By Umoh-Obong Kingsley |
The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, on Saturday, in a tradition kept over the years to ensure effective interaction, hosted Nigerian students to an end of the year get-together, where the students, in their resolves, pledged their support for the Governor come 2019 and beyond.
The event, organised by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Students Affairs, Comrade Otobong ‘Aquilla’ Akpan, took place the Ibom E-library, Uyo.
Apart from all the welfare interventions of the Governor, he has always kept to the promise of ensuring that the student community is included both socially and politically.
While addressing the students, the Honourable Commissioner for Education, Prof. Victor Inoka, commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for his passion, interest and zeal in making sure that Akwa Ibom people enjoy good and qualitative education, and for the burden he has taken off the shoulders of many parents through the free, compulsory and qualitative education policy of the state.
He also thanked the students for their show of support, love towards Governor Udom Emmanuel-led administration, and understanding the concept that tomorrow yields from today, because they are the future leaders, and acknowledge the efforts of the Special Assistant to the Governor on Students’ Matters, Comrade Otobong ‘Aquilla’ Akpan, saying that she has done creditably well for being a rallying point in liaising between the students and Government.
Prof. Inoka assured the students that the government of Mr Udom Emmanuel will continue to place premium on the interest of welfare of the students, and inform them that government has initiated a policy that would bring about inclusiveness not only politically, economically, socially, but also educationally for the students including the physically challenged.
He noted that government is concerned about the sorry state of the National Association of Akwa Ibom State Students (NAAKISS) which, according to him, was supposed to be a galvanising force uniting and propelling the student body in the state, but has become motionless, directionless and pushed to the background over the years because there is no central leadership.
“It is a pleasure of the government to make sure that machineries are placed in motion not by force, but through the consent of the students’ body, that NAAKISS will be revived and revitalised to play the expected roles in the society.
“It is a treason that any society, group and organisation where the people are not organised, will be akin to what political philosophers call a state of nature. As we have seen, NAAKISS is almost in its state of nature, and to rescue us from that state of nature, there is the need to institute through, our consent, a central rallying point that would be able to be a voice for the students’ body,” Prof. Inoka said.
The Education Commissioner used the occasion to urge participate and also mobilise their brothers, sisters and parents to also take part in the ongoing voters’ registration and get their Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) so that they would be eligible to vote in the forthcoming general elections in 2019.
Presenting the gift items ranging from cash sum of money, rice and other food items the students, Comrade Aquilla apologised for the delay in delivering the Governor’s packages to the students owing to the inability of other schools to resume.
The entire students from all tertiary institutions across the state were ably represented by their national leaders including National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS); Joint Campus Committee (JCC), Akwa Ibom State Axis; National Association of Akwa Ibom State Students (NAAKISS); Traditional Rulers Council (TRC); Forum of Students Union Government (SUG) Presidents (Akwa Ibom State); Akwa Ibom Female Students Association (AIFSA); Coalition of Campus Journalist (CCJ); and Association of Campus Kings and Queens.
Others are Handicapped Students Association (HSA); Muslim Students Association (MSA); Social Services Volunteer Scheme; Supreme Council of Worldwide Presidents; Dakkada Students; Joint Campus Christians Fellowship; Students Stakeholders; Former Students Leaders; Akwa Ibom Students Parliament; Class representative Assembly; Man O’War, and Peace on Campus Initiative (PCI).