…make case for student’s welfare
The National Association of Itu Students (NAITS), University of Uyo Chapter has congratulated the immediate past Commissioner for Special Duties and Aviation Development, Mr Akan Okon on his reappointment and subsequent swearing-in into the State Executive Council.
Speaking to Platinum.ng immediately after the swearing-in at the Government House on Thursday, July 11, the immediate past President of the Association, Comrade Nsidibe Akpan, said the appointment is a reward for his selfless service to the administration of Governor Emmanuel and Akwa Ibom People.
“Governor Udom Emmanuel has so far been an excellent leader which has reflected in the way and manner his cabinet members have been operating. That is why he has reappointed all his commissioners”.
“I want to congratulate Mr Akan Okon on his reappointment, it is well deserved.
“You just have to look at the Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Special Duties and Aviation Development and attest to the fact that some men are more equal than others. He has clearly transformed that ministry to the admiration of all.”
The student leader also said that even if the governor had others in mind to appoint as commissioner, the emergence of Ibom Air under the watchful eyes of Mr Okon enforced the position of the governor to reinstate him.
“Young people like us are gaining more popularity and followers on Twitter because of Ibom Air. It is of course the first State owned aircraft in Africa. That was an extraordinary vision that came from nowhere and no other person, I repeat, no other man in Akwa Ibom could have thought of such development.
“He did and in football, we say, you cannot change a winning team and clearly Governor Udom has not changed his winning team. I’m very sure the governor is smiling and happy knowing that he has competent hands to drive his industrial agenda till 2023 and beyond.
Comrade Akpan further charged the honourable commissioner to look into the plight of students from Itu local government area, stressing that students’ welfare has been ignored by leaders of the area.
“I am a student advocate; I have been a President of the mother chapter (Uniuyo) for a year without reaping a penny. Our leaders have neglected us, we don’t have access to them which makes it difficult to communicate our plights.
“I urge the commissioner and other leaders of Itu to take us into their good books. We need help. Some of my students suspended or withdrew their studentship because of funds. God has blessed us with people in government who are doing well, please help us,” he concluded.