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; it therefore contributes to the growth, renewal and development of any society.
Going by the words of the aforementioned legend, Nelson Mandela; I am compelled to give a flipped through assessment on the importance, goals and achievements of GOVERNOR UDOM EMMANUEL’s strides in education.
Despite dwindling resources due to the economic recession currently experienced in Nigeria, Basic Education in Akwa Ibom is Still free and compulsory. It is noteworthy that under the able leadership of Governor Udom Emmanuel, schools across the state have been given a facelift in terms of infrastructure, learning aids, and ICT.
Let’s consider Akwa Ibom State University. The Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU) was initially Akwa Ibom State University of Technology (AKUTECH). Interestingly, the vision and strategic goals of the university have been structurally and technologically remodified by the present administration of His Excellency Governor Udom Emmanuel in order to transform the University into a conventional university with focus on Technology, Applied Science and also Arts in tandem with global standards, the remodification now gives AKSU a signage cynosure for academic excellence as against its moribund and dilapidated state at inception.
As a Governor with extreme eagerness to consolidate and rebrand the education sector, His Excellency Mr Udom Emmanuel considered the efficacy of robust educational system pivotal in his five points agenda, the present ambience as regards Akwa Ibom State University-AKSU had wrinkled on my research consistently thus, making it 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.
A fair reflection and analysis into Governor Udom Emmanuel designed blue prints is an obvious symbolism of “a promise made, a promise fulfilled”. In a little over two years in office Governor Emmanuel has proven the bandwagon of antagonists and mischief agents wrong by distinguishing political leadership from showmanship.
The Akwa Ibom State University AKSU, is today technologically and 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 art theater.
Governor Emmanuel’s genuine inclination in enhancing academic excellence in the educational sector as well as motivating specialized skills to encourage technology and sustainable developments is truly commendable. It is on record that AKSU, during the last convocation ceremony paraded over (287) PHD teaching Staff with more focus on research. AKSU, today competes with any of its temporaries.The outstanding disciplinary measures put in place within the academic environment to checkmate cultism, examination malpractices and other anti-academic practices puts 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 months ago 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 makes for the overall development of any society.We should be proud of GOVERNOR UDOM EMMANUEL. Just as I continue to drum support for His Excellency’s second term project, I make bold to salute his courage, dexterity, focus and determination for excellence in Education which is regarded as the most powerful weapon to change the world; it is evident that Governor Udom is truly committed to achieving an educated Citizenry.