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Oku Ibom Ibibio Floats Scholarships For 100 Indigent Varsity Students

...Commends Gov Emmanuel’s Investment In Education

A lifeline has come for 100 indigent students of the Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU) as Oku Ibom Ibibio, His Eminence, Ntenyin (Dr.) Solomon Daniel Etuk, CFR floats a scholarship scheme to ease their academic pursuits.

Ntenyin Etuk, who is the Chancellor of AKSU and President General of Akwa Ibom State Traditional Rulers Council, announced the scholarship scheme while on an official visit to the state-owned varsity at Ikot Akpaden in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area on Monday, May 15, 2023.

The patriarch of the Ibibios said the offer covers school fees of 50 indigent students in year one and 50 indigent students in the final year and directed the university management to draw up a list of beneficiaries so that he can commence the sponsorship programme as his token assistance for students in the school.

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The premier royal father commended the State governor and visitor to AKSU, Mr Udom Emmanuel for his commitment to the varsity – covering manpower and provision of infrastructure which have engendered its uplift as a functional citadel of knowledge.

Ntenyin Etuk was so delighted at the level of transformation in the university compared to what it was a few years ago and commended the Vice Chancellor, Prof Nse Essien and the Governing Council for ensuring steady growth, academic excellence and a peaceful learning environment for the institution.

According to him, the progress so far attained goes to fulfil the dreams and aspirations of its founding fathers and charged that the rapid advancement in the institution is sustained.

Oku Ibom Ibibio floats scholarship
Prof Nse Essien, VC of AKSU

He said, “Years ago, I was here during the last convocation. Comparing that period to date, you have done exceedingly well. The development of the University in terms of infrastructure, accreditation of more academic programmes among others, you have moved the school from one point of development to the other.”

He added that as the Chancellor of the University, he would continue to play his advisory role effectively to ensure that the institution achieves the desired attention and support from necessary quarters that would continue to consolidate it into an enviable institution.

While inspecting some infrastructures and facilities within the main campus of the University, Oku Ibom Ibibio emphasized the need for private and corporate bodies to join hands with the state government in building the institution for the benefit of students and education generally.

AKSU projects
Ongoing project

He enumerated some major areas of intervention that need urgent attention in the school including access roads, construction of more faculty blocks, and hostels among many others.

Projects visited at the permanent site of the University include a student hostel under construction and a medical facility initiated by the NDDC but abandoned. Others are Tetfund projects that house the faculty of Biological Sciences as well as a magnificently completed gatehouse project at the permanent site of the varsity.

Speaking earlier, the Vice Chancellor of AKSU, Prof. Nse Essien, who described the visit as a symbolic royal visitation, expressed delight that the Chancellor found time within his busy schedule to visit the institution to see things by himself.

Oku Ibom Ibibio floats scholarship scheme for AKSU
Paramount Rulers of Mkpat Enin and Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Areas

Prof. Essien explained that as a conventional university with eight faculties, the institution has retained its original science and technology background, with 43 academic programmes being fully accredited by the National University Commission (NUC). He further disclosed that both the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) have given accreditation for relevant academic programmes in the varsity.

The vice chancellor commended Governor Emmanuel for his support and commitment to keeping the university strong as desired and promised that the management would continue to live up to expectations.

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His Eminence, Ntenyin (Dr.) Solomon Etuk (middle), VC Prof. Nse Essien, Management staff, Paramount Rulers and other Traditional Rulers during the visit on Monday, May 15, 2023

In the entourage of Oku Ibom Ibibio were the Paramount Rulers of Ibesikpo Asutan LGA, HRM Edidem Francis Ekpenyong; Mkpat Enin LGA, HRM Edidem Akpan Akpan Ekpene; Ikono LGA, HRM Edidem Etim Nana Itang and Ini LGA, HRM, Edidem Udoette Idon. Others were Clan heads and Village Heads from Nsit Ubium LGA and host communities.

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