Gov. Emmanuel Seeks Reopening of Public Varsities

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Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, other relevant unions and the Federal Government to resolve the lingering issues disrupting academic activities in public Universities to enable the students return to their studies.

Governor Emmanuel made the appeal while exchanging views with the new Vice Chancellor of the University of Uyo, Prof. Nyaudo Ndaeyo when he led principal officers of the Institution on a courtesy visit to the Governor, Thursday, at Government House, Uyo.

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Governor Emmanuel who expressed concerns over  the prolonged industrial action embarked upon by ASUU, regreted that the strike action crippled academic activities in public universities across the country.

He called on both the Federal government and ASUU to expedite action on modalities that would facilitate the reopening of tertiary institutions to take the students off the streets and revitalise the socio-economic activities of the tertiary institutions.

 “I want to make an appeal to ASUU , anything you can do to take these young adults off the streets will help us a lot, if you leave them like this on the streets there will be an unusual problem, so we hope that ASUU and the Federal Government can resolve all pending academic issues, but I want to believe that our students will be taken off the streets because we’ve almost lost two academic sessions. If something is not done it will really affect our people, before you know, the students will loss interest in education”.

Governor Emmanuel congratulated Prof. Nyaudo Ndaeyo, on his emergence as the 8th Vice Chancellor of the University,  urging him to raise the bar of academic excellence in the institution through inclusive and transparent administration that will further promote an ambience of peace.

He urged the university community to give Professor Ndaeyo maximum support to enable him attain his goals.

“Let me, first of all, on behalf of the government and good people of our state, congratulate you on your elevation and to advice you to see the circumstance that led to your emergence as normal because tussle around any place of power is normal.

You’re to carry everyone along, run an all-inclusive administration, maintain a peaceful disposition, let the peaceful atmosphere radiate because without peace you can hardly achieve your goals”, he emphasized.

While assuring the University of the state government’s support, Governor Emmanuel tasked the Vice Chancellor to uphold high academic standards in the University to attract recommendations and compete with the first-generation universities.

He noted with satisfaction that the University has contributed enormously to the socio economic development of the state despite it status as a federal institution.

“Be rest assured that we’ll give you maximum support, why am I saying so, people might think it is a federal institution but if you check, 80% of the impact of that institution is on our people, so we can’t run away from it.

“The contribution of that institution to the economy of our state is enormous, if we support you we are also supporting the economy of our state.

“I want our University under your tenure to be known for certain things in terms of character and learning and that will be our target. It will be a thing of pride to the state if they are mentioning the best Federal Universities in Nigeria and University of Uyo is included.

“There is nothing wrong with overtaking the first generation universities. We can also carve an area of prominence for ourselves so that when they talk of UNIUYO it would be seen as the best institution to study Law, Engineering, Sciences and so on”, he stated

The Governor used the occasion to advice people to adhere to the safety guidelines and prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Earlier, the new Vice Chancellor, Prof. Nyaudo Ndaeyo, expressed appreciation to Governor Emmanuel for the warm reception given him and his entourage.

He premised the visit on the need to familiarise himself with the state administration and commended the peaceful ambience which the Governor has put in place in the citadel of learning, saying that the ambience has enhanced effective studies as well as uplifted the socio-economic activities of the university and  solicited continuous support of the state government to the institution.

The visit climaxed with the exchange of souvenirs between the state Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel and  the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Nyaudo Ndaeyo.