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A’Ibom College of Education: Council of Chiefs task Provost on expansion, excellence
…as college head visits royal fathers
The Council of Chiefs in Afaha Nsit has tasked the Acting Provost of the College of Education, Dr Daniel George Udo, to leverage on his positive-oriented ideologies, intellectual energy and capacity to move the State-owned college to its next level of expansion, excellence and existentialist harmony.
The Council of Chiefs noted this on Thursday, when Dr Daniel Udo paid a courtesy visit on the royal fathers at the palace of the Chairman of the council in Ikot Akpa Etang.
The Chairman, Eteidung Peter Benson, who acknowledged that the provost is a brave man noted for his great ideologies, innovations, determination and vision, said it is incumbent on the provost to bring these virtues on board in order for the school and the host community by extention, to witness a new and better level of academic exploits, all round peace and unity.
He added, “You have been called to this exalted office at a time and season when the ovation appears rather high, when the academic environment tends to blossom with glee, and when the dynamics in and aspirations of the host community of the College, having been on the wane in decades, seems to receive some ray of hope. We want you to live up to expectations and make us even prouder.”
The Chairman who also doubles as the Village Head of Ikot Akpan Etang lauded school management team for their dedication and hardwork to the growth of the school so far and for maintaining a healthy relationship with the host community.
In his speech, the Acting Provost who was accompanied by the management team of the College thanked the royal fathers and the host community at large for the support and cooperation they have given to the college so far.
Earlier stating that the visit was intended to familiarize with the Council and also to solicit their support and advice for the advancement of the college, Daniel Udo assured the Council that in his tenure, the college will record unprecedented achievements in the area of academics and other extra curricular activities.
He further assured the Council of his continued support for the Council and host community.
He solicited the support of host community in terms of security, explaining that, “More than 95% of the students of this college are living here in Afaha Nsit. We need your support (most of us here are landlords) to curb cultism in College of Education, Afaha Nsit by reporting any student of the College who you suspect to be a cultist to the school authority.”
He continued, “The college of Education, Afaha Nsit is supposed to be a degree awarding institution. We had started doing degree programme and we will soon call on the National University Commission to approve that we are good to go with the standard we’ve put up in the college . We are expecting NUC at the second quarter of 2020.”
The Registrar of the College of Education, Afaha Nsit, Mr. Idoereyin Uko thanked the Council of Chiefs for the advice and support. He promised that the College will ensure that the relationship between the College and Council is maintained.
Highpoint of the visit was special prayer session for the Acting Provost, his team which was led by a senior citizen of area, Prof. I. B. Inyang and presentation of gift including Bible and Staff to Dr Udo by the Council.
Other members of the management team included: the Deputy Provost, Administration, Dr King Ibritam; Deputy Provost, Academic, Dr ; Bursar, Mr Inibehe Ekpor; Director Medical Services, Dr Christopher Akpan; Librarian, Dr Mrs Uduak Enang; Director of works, Arc. Otu Umoren; Chief Security, Mr Eseme Ambrose and Directorate of Information, Dr Michael Ebiekpe among others.
Royal fathers who were received the team included: Chairman, Council of Chiefs and Village Head of Ikot Akpa Etang, Chief Peter Benson Uko; Council Secretary, Arc. Jerry Akpan, the leader of Nsit Ibom Legislative Council, Hon. Ekong Unnam.
Others were: Chief Friday Johnson Akpan of Afaha Ntup; Chief Fetus Author Akpan of Ikot Uba; Chief Asuquo Udo Ukpong of Ikot Udo Akpan; Chief Precious E Ekanem of Ata Afaha Ikot; Chief Ezeikel Okon of Mbiaso; and also the youth leader of Afaha Nsit, Prince Godwin Esitikot among others.