In the words of late South African Legend “Nelson Mandela” Education is the most powerful weapon that can be used to change the world. It is a process by which the society assists the younger generation to understand the heritage of their past, participate productively in the society of the present as well as contribute to the future. Based on these reasons, education attracts inspiration and nourishment to the society, paramountly, it contributes to the growth, renewal and development of that society that values it
Sometimes rather informal, society has ways of assisting the younger generations to understand the past and often exposing them to various values, ideals, and aspirations of the society; They can be formal/western or traditional, but it’s most suitable when such knowledge is garnered in a comfortable educational ambiance mimicking that of the western culture.
In the words of the aforementioned legend, Nelson Mandela; I am prompted to give a flipped through assessment on the importance, goals and achievements of GOVERNOR UDOM EMMANUEL in ensuring technology and industrialization in Akwa Ibom State University
Nevertheless, the Bill which set the pace for the establishment of the Akwa Ibom State University of Technology (AKUTECH) which was passed and signed into law by the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly during the then Executive Governor of the State, Arc. (Obong) Victor Attah on 16th of April, 2003.
Though, initially established with a conventional / multi-campus institution known as Akwa Ibom State University, The bill formally establishing Akwa Ibom State University AKSU was signed into law by His Excellency, Distinguished Senator Chief (Dr.) Godswill Obot Akpabio; former Governor of Akwa Ibom State in September 2010.
As a brand with extreme eagerness to consolidate and rebranding of the education sector, His Excellency the governor considered the efficacy of robust educational system pivotal in his five points agenda which the present ambience as regards Akwa Ibom State University-AKSU had wrinkled on my research so consistently that I deem it utmost plausible to concretely analyze the purpose for the establishment of the Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU) which had Professor Sunday W. Petters as the pioneer substantive Vice-Chancellor as at 1st January 2010 with about 300 students admitted into various engineering faculties.
Base on fulfillment of promises, the Governor of Akwa Ibom State His Excellency Udom Emmanuel through his pragmatic and impeccable insights and vision in ensuring the State is technologically driven, AKSU, is today functionally equipped with a digital language library, a commercial farm palm oil mill, a commercial farm feeds mill, vegetable screen house, ultra modern Mass Communication studios and a standard performance arts theater is a brazen symbolism of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s genuine inclination in enhancing academic excellence in the educational sector as well motivating specialized skills to encourage technology and sustainable developments.
Going by global standard, AKSU can compete with any of its temporaries, AKSU parades over (287) PHD teaching Staff with more focus on researches, outstanding disciplinary measures put in places to checkmate cultism, examination malpractices and other anti-academic practices thereby putting the Institution as a cynosure to all those dreaming to excel academically both in social sciences and technology.
The Akwa Ibom State University which graduated 916 students in the 2nd and 3rd convocation ceremony last week with (33) graduating with First Class degrees in various disciplines connotes that knowledge, excellence and the desire of acquiring and to offer opportunities for learning and leadership to all mankind in the society aimed at development through the utilization of knowledge in technology to unravel and boost Akwa Ibom State in Information Communication Technology (ICT) simply portrays the academic ambiance is more suitable in the dispense of knowledge for a greater society as envisaged.
We should be proud of GOVERNOR UDOM EMMANUEL; his giant strides and inspiring factor deserved our commendations. His stand point and charisma towards effecting positive Changes is worth the carol praises.
Just as I continue to drum support for His Excellency’s second term project, I dare make bold to salute his courage, dexterity, focus and determination for excellence Education which is regarded as the most powerful weapon to change the world; I humbly Implore every stakeholders not to relent in investing in education to ensure our future for a technology driven world is attained.
As one of the cardinal believer in ICT, I urged for a more and serious cognizance into the collaborative mission and vision statement upon which the AKSU was established vis-a-vis the dakkada greed by calling on corporate bodies, global world and individuals to consider further academic investment, sponsoring / engagement of the (5) females with first Class with CGPA of 4.7 and the overall best graduate MASTER RAPHAEL JOEL UDOM who had a total of (4.0 CGPA) from the faculty of engineering.
With this, the morales and learning culture of students will be boosted and parents/guardians will become more addictive to reading and technology driven world while the economic importance of ICT will become another sources of self empowerment and revenue generation.
Comrade Jerry EDOHO
Ireporters / Ibom Nation.