Monday, 6 February 2017

AKSU Inaugurates New SUG Executive

AKSU Inaugurates New SUG Executive

Akwa Ibom State University has inaugurated its second Students’ Union Government (SUG). The new executives were inaugurated into their respective offices, on 1st Feb. 2017 at the University’s Main Campus, Ikot Akpaden, Mkpat Enin Local Government Area. 

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, the new President of the Union, Comrade Ikobong Ekette, said, “I will first of all like to congratulate us all for the successes recorded in the just concluded election. Ladies and gentlemen, for the  three months, we have planned, strategized and campaigned vigorously to secure your mandate; we have looked critically and very closely into the problems bedeviling our students especially, those of welfare and security, the availability of the solutions to these problems are at our disposal which prompted our decision to seek for this ultimate challenge, even when some electorate misconducts had propelled for the cancellation of the earlier election, I thank the management for deeming it fit to reschedule the election.

“As promised, the aim of my aspiration was to usher in the greatest happiness to the greatest number of students. I promise to be accountable, responsible, and answerable and to also run a transparent and listening government so long as I continue to remain at the helm of the affairs of the students’ unionism.”

He reiterated his commitment to effectively deliver the dividends of democracy and to remain resolute, resolved and committed to ensure that the trust reposed on the Union is not betrayed and assured the believers of His government that their struggles shall not be in vain, but his government shall prove unbelievers wrong.

He urged other elected executives and legislatures to imbibe a decent working relationship with him and expect them to sincerely and with the spirit of patriotism always call on His attention whenever he seems to go wrong.

Ekette who earlier promised to extend an olive branch to all aggrieved parties to work together for the betterment of the university, also urged oppositions to sheath their swords and embrace His administration for the growth of the Union and thanked his harsh oppositions Ubong Williams, Joseph Esu and Michael Akpan for their congratulatory messages via phone calls.

However, he commended the university management for their support which led to His victory, and also commended the electoral board for their free and fair elections. 

Meanwhile, the outgoing president of the Union, Comrade Kufre Akpanikot, who spoke on his legacies, stated that his administration was  able to established a student’s business center which photocopying  and printing within and outside the campus were done at the rate of N5.00 and N20.00 respectively as compared to N10.00 and N50.00 before his tenure.

He also claimed that, his administration brought about the extension of deadlines for the closure of school fees portal which has reduced the number of deferment/suspension of studies by the students to zero percent, and the extension of power till 12.00 midnight.

However, his claims angered the students and they immediately refuted his claims by groaning. In fact, some members of his cabinet confirmed to our reporter that his claims only existed in his dreams.

Also speaking at the event, the outgoing Senate President of the Union, Senator Itorobong Jackson Essien, says Akwa Ibom State University is citadel of learning for the acquisition of knowledge produces great future leaders.

He urged the new leaders to lead well, and avoid any act that can dent their reputations.  He culled his reference from Ecclesiastes 7:1 “A good name is better than precious ointment and the day of death is better than the day of birthday.”  

The inaugurated SUG secretary in his vote of thanks thanked the VC, Staff and students. He also promised to work in the interest of the students.

Dignitaries that graced the events were the vice chancellor, Professor Eno Ibanga, DVC, Prof. Vincent Nyoyoko, Dean of Faculties among others.

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