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AKWA IBOM GOVT SETS UP FIVE MAN PANEL ON EXPELLED STATE VARSITY STUDENT

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Following reports of the expulsion of a student, Iniobong Ekpo by the management of the Akwa Ibom State University, over gross misconduct and insuburdination, Governor Udom Emmanuel may have concluded plans to set up a committee to study the case and report back to him immediately.

The Governor, according to inside sources, was apparently unaware of the boy’s offence as well as the reported expulsion, since he had not previously received brief on the matter.

He is said to have directed that a five member committee to be headed by the Commissioner for Education, Mrs Idongesit Etiebet, be set up to study the matter and get him briefed immediately.

“Governor Emmanuel who is renowned for always ignoring series of campaigns of calumny and media attacks against him, since assumption of office in 2015, only heard of this incident of attack against him by the said Iniobong on the media today”, a source told our reporter.

The student, Iniobong Ekpo, was in his final year at the Department of Agricultural Engineering when he was expelled for publishing a “derogatory and defamatory article” in 2019 on Facebook against the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel.

He was first suspended indefinitely from studies before his expulsion two months ago.

Mr Ekpo used a pseudonym, Afrosix Jaara, to write the article in which he called Governor Emmanuel a con artiste who engaged in scamming and deceiving students.

The university, in the expulsion letter, said Mr Ekpo’s article was a “breach” of the matriculation oath and a violation of the university rules and regulations enshrined in the Student Information Handbook.

According to the rules enshrined in the university handbook, on Page 85 (Article XV) the expelled student infringed on the cyber offences of the university, one of which reads, “unauthorized use of the University’s name, logo, anthem, etc in a manner that will bring the University to disrepute;

While another of the offences listed on Page 86 says, “posting insulting /abusive messages against lecturers, the university or any of its officers/agents, other staff or fellow students either in print or on social media. Penalty shall be rustication or expulsion based on the gravity of the offence.

Another code breached by the said Iniobong Ekpo, could be traceable to Page 85 of the handbook which says, “any student found guilty of any act of insuburdination towards constituted authority shall be rusticated from the university for a period of time or may be expelled.”

But Mr Ekpo, through a letter written to the university by his lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, said the university authorities did not give him fair hearing.

He claimed he was never invited to appear before a disciplinary committee before his suspension.

Apart from challenging his expulsion, the student is demanding N20 million from the university as “general damages and gross breach of his fundamental rights.”

However it would not be the first time a student is found culpable by the university over cyber related offences.

The institution had suspended “indefinitely” a female student from the school for allegedly calling the university vice chancellor ‘foolish’ on Facebook.

The student, Joy Nkanang, was in her second year in the department of performing arts before her suspension on May 9, 2019.

She was however reabsorbed after showing sufficient remorse, a clear departure from Iniobong Ekpo, who despite breaching his matriculation oath, is still displaying arrogance and insuburdination.

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SENIOR STAFF OF VARSITIES ASSEMBLE FOR PASTOR UMO ENO, LAUD GOV EMMANUEL ON PEACE, INDUSTRIALIZATION

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Tertiary Institution Consolidation Alliance (TICA), a socio-political group of senior staff from different tertiary institutions in Akwa Ibom State has drummed support for Pastor Umo Eno’s governorship aspiration.

The group whose main aim is to ensure that the relative peace enjoyed in the State is sustained had a meeting, Wednesday at Ibom e-library, where they jointly expressed their appreciation to Governor Udom Emmanuel for making peace a reality in Akwa Ibom State.

Speaking during the meeting, Comrade (Mrs) Mary Inyang, Chairperson of National Association of Academic Technologists, Uniuyo Branch and Coordinator, Tertiary Institutions Consolidation Alliance (TICA) noted that the group was formed to support peace, development in the State and also to sustain the peace that is already being enjoyed through support for Pastor Umo Eno.

“We have moved together as members of staff of different tertiary institutions to form this group and to stand with the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, who has made it possible for us to be in peace and also to support the incoming Governor”

Also speaking during the meeting, Comrade (Mrs) Anietie Attai Chairperson, Women Labor Committee while commending the Governor for commissioning so many projects in the State including educational infrastructure, said that Tertiary Institution Consolidation Alliance (TICA) was birthed in support of the Government.

She further noted that the group is a coalition of individuals with like-minds from different tertiary institutions that came together to form the body with the common goal of appreciating what the Governor has done so far and to support him to even do more through Pastor Eno, who will make the State to continue to enjoy the relative peace it’s enjoying presently.

Addressing the group, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Research and Documentation, Mr Essien Ndueso, said God’s mercy made him sent a Governor like Mr Emmanuel who has stopped at nothing in ensuring that there is peace in the State.

He said the Governor went further to ensure that Akwa Ibom lost its status as a civil service state, with the establishment of several industries, the latest being the Coconut Oil Factory billed for commissioning.

Mr Ndueso also expressed his support and excitement for the move and commended the group’s decision to throw its full weight on Pastor Umo Eno, adding that the group’s essence of coming together is undeniably defined by sound principles.

“I am elated to be associated with this forum. It is not very common to see a group of people who come together independently without any prompting to come and take the right decisions especially in the Nigeria of today.”

The Governor’s Aide further described Pastor Umo Eno as a man of peace, God-fearing, and sociable who on his own, and without any government funding, was able to establish and manage several thriving businesses.

“Pastor Umo Eno is not someone that is coming to the State to settle any political baggage, he is someone who on his own prowess, was able to establish a business and that business has been able to thrive.

“We need someone who can manage businesses and harness the potentials of our young persons to grow”

On the ongoing strike action that has crippled academic activities in tertiary institutions, Mr Ndueso lamented that those in authorities were paying lip services to education because of lack of interest and joined the call for an end to the impasse.

“I am surprised that recently airline owners threatened a strike action and the federal government hurriedly settled the grey areas and the strike was prevented, whereas lecturers have been ignored while then federal government owned tertiary institutions remain under locks and key.

“This is why we must make sure we look out for leaders with credible antecedents in the ongoing transition exercise, so that the country can be liberated”, he added.

Also present at the meeting were Special Assistant to the Governor on Project Monitoring, Mr Uwemedimo Umanah, Special Assistant to the Governor on New Media, Mr Aniekeme Finbarr, Special Assistant to the Govenror on ICT, Engr. Solomon Eyo, Nsipmong Ikpoto- NAAT Chairman Akwa Ibom State University, and a host of others.

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JOB CREATION: AKSG BEGINS RECRUITMENT OF TECHNICAL TEACHERS

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In furtherance of the completion agenda, the Udom Emmanuel Administration of Akwa Ibom State has rolled out modalities for the recruitment of teachers to further boost the educational system in the State.

A release signed by the Executive Chairman, State Technical Schools board, Elder Godwin S. Udom revealed the application for the job will begin on Tuesday, 22nd February 2022 and will end on Monday, 28th February 2022. Prospective applicants are hereby asked to apply via this link: www.stsb.ak.gov.ng More details are contained in the accompanying photograph.

Enoma Akpan
Information unit
State Technical Schools board.

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INFO COMMISSIONER EMEMOBONG BLESSES FAMILY OF LATE INFO BOSS, EKPO WITH CHILD’S TUITION, ORS

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In the spirit of love of the season, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Comrade Ini Ememobong has blessed the family of a late one-time Commissioner for Information, Mr. Sunday Ekpo, with a child’s tuition fees and other incidental expenses for his remaining years in school.

The Commissioner’s magnanimity was  showered  on the late Commissioner’s family today, Monday, February 14, at his Ewet Housing Estate residence in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.

Comrade Ini Ememobong who said, today,  was the best day to reach out to the family, being a day marked for the celebration of love, expressed that the gift was  a symbol of the love of the Ministry of Information and Strategy to the family of the late political head of the Ministry.

Represented at the occasion by the Director of Public Relations, Mrs Grace Akpan, the State Information helmsman said, it was the desire of the Ministry to ensure that, the beneficiary of the tuition fees, complete his first degree without any financial stress of any sort.

He charged the beneficiary, Samuel Sunday Ekpo, a 200 level Theatre Arts student of the Akwa Ibom State University, AKSU, to lead a life worthy in character and learning to maintain the good name of his father and also reciprocate the kind gesture of the Ministry of Information and Strategy.

The Commissioner emphasized that, the gesture is part of the customary practice of the Ministry under his watch to identify with past Commissioners and Political heads of the Ministry in their moments of grief and joy, adding that, all stakeholders of the Ministry will continue to benefit from this magnanimous gesture as part of its welfare programme.

Responding, the widow of the late Commissioner, Mrs. Nkoyo Sunday Ekpo, expressed deep appreciation to the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Comrade Ini Ememobong and the entire Ministry for always identifying with the family and emphasized that, the cash gift will be judiciously utilised for the purpose it is meant for.

Accompanying the Director of Public Relations on the visit were; the Head of Planning, Research and Statistics, PRS, Mr. Peter Antai among others.

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