The President gave this speech on the opening day to encourage students to participate fully in the week.
My dear great and purpose driven tuskites, today marks the beginning of the 2017 students week of our great republic. Permit me to specially give thanks to God our creator for making today possible. The holy book according to Psalms 100:3 (AMP) acknowledges that the Lord is God and he has made this possible. The celebration of the 2017 students week of the New Deal administration is Gods idea and he has made this week possible.
My fellow comrades let me use this medium to specially celebrate you and thank you for your undaunted and massive support and solidarity to this administration. Permit me to state clearly and emphatically that you are the best. My fellow comrades let me take this time and celebrate our father, an erudite scholar, a professor of commercial law, land law, etc, a one time best graduating student prize winner in jurisprudence and legal theory, Our vice chancellor, my father, your father Professor Enefiok Essien, a man whose administrative and academic prowess has earned him a SAN award nomination, a compassionate father whose compassion has made it possible for many students to still secure their studentship, we are proud of you and your team Prof. To the mother of over 46,000 Nigerian students the one we refer to as Mama capacity, the dean students affairs division Dr.(Mrs) Isongesit Solomon we say thank you Madam for all your support to our administration and struggle.
Fellow tuskites permit me to use this medium to reflect on our stay so far as leaders of our union. when we signed and sealed the social contract with you months ago, we promised to run a people oriented government, we promised to restore your confidence in our union, we promised to always defend, protect and project our common interests as Nigerian students and these we have constantly done through our various intervention programs capacity building programs and through our social welfare packages.
Fellow comrades today is not the day we want to mention all of these programs and special intervention projects but I wont fail to mention clearly that when we assumed office our first point of call was to handle the ravaging bedbugs crisis that plagued our hostels through the special intervention of our vice chancellor through the dean of students, all our hostels 13 in number were fully fumigated. Today you can remain at the comfort of your home and check your result without having to come to school and check the notice board as usual with the use of Epromac, today you will agree with me that the infrastructures in our classes like the boards, sockets and lighting for night class reading and research has greatly improved, this wasn’t magic, it happened because we placed a demand for a more conducive environment of learning upon resumption of office after we took a tour across the 53 classes within the 4 campuses of the university of uyo and made our reports and recommendations of which the vice chancellor through the dean of students executed this project, today in the face of this economic hardship and recession we have been able to appeal to the vice chancellor to elongate the period of registration in our portal of which he has consistently granted which is uncommon thereby availing a larger number of students the opportunity to pay up their fees other than suspending their studies which as some point was a normal thing. Today we won’t want to talk about our routine visit to our health facilities ,hostels and canteens and our special interventions on a number of issues just to ensure that you have the best and that your plight is communicated appropriately to the various quarters and also to see to it that your right is never trampled upon evident in our special regulatory activities to ensure that the prices of goods within our community are stabilized amongst others. Permit me to also mention a few of the programs we have been able to initiate within our stay such as the solemn assembly which had in attendance the Chaplain, the PFN chairman of our state Dr. Ukafia ,the monthly essay competition, free classes for 1st year students ,special weekly radio programs tagged ‘‘state of the union’’, monthly sanitation exercises tagged operation keep uniuyo clean, monthly keep fit exercises, monthly bulletin, monthly inspection of our shuttle buses by the FRSC to ensure its road worthiness as we won’t gamble with the lives of our students on the road .We have also hosted some capacity building, entertainment and empowerment programs such as; the glo campus storm, welcome back party, the rap show, the aspire program for year one students, the be the boss summit, a four day intensive vocational training for students on various crafts, a one day students empowerment workshop, the empowerment summit, town hall meetings(congress and the first of its kind in many years), a security and leadership summit just to mention but a few. We have also been able to bring sterling Bank to mount an ATM in the main campus, a project we would soon commission.
Fellow comrades when we signed this social contract it was my promise to dwell with you, and this I did by staying together with all of us in the same hostel blocks without getting any preferential treatment, drinking, eating and sharing the same basic amenities with all of us, this I did because I wanted to be a part of you so I can speak on your behalf as on my behalf. I won’t fail to acknowledge the challenges we have faced as a people as regards accommodation even as I remain hopeful for better accommodation facilities in no time. I want to use this medium to call on well meaning Nigerians, alumnus, corporate bodies and the Akwa Ibom state government to come to our aid by approaching the school to donate hostel facilities. Let me use this medium to specially appeal to the managing director of the NDDC to come to our aid by ordering an immediate commencement of work on the abandoned 1000 bed-space NDDC hostel project in the university of uyo main campus.
My great tuskites I won’t fail to reflect on our travails on isssues bordering our collective interests(safety) in our university community of which we have enjoyed a relative calmness within our community. I won’t also fail to reflect on the February 12 crisis which almost destabilized our system and almost threw the university into a state of turmoil but not for the intervention of the Almighty God and the display of our spirit of comradeship. We regret in totality the occurrence of such an ugly incidence within our community even as we trust God that it would be the last time ever it would happen. Let me also commend Colonel Nkana Efik(rtd) for working tirelessly to ensure our safety on campus. Let me also commend all of us for our total resolve to see to it that never again would hoodlums and enemies of peace enjoy a free ride within our community.
Let me use this medium to thank His Excellency the dynamic Governor of Akwa Ibom state for letting us have a feel of his lofty programs through his special intervention in our transport system by the flagging off of the 3.2 km dual carriage inlet road in our university main campus which is in a very poor state and as such destroying our shuttle buses and keke on a daily basis. We are hopeful of its conclusion in no time.
Fellow comrades today we can boldly say that Uniuyo is not just a brand but a premium brand evident in our recent successes in various competitions within and outside Nigeria. I wont fail to mention our success in the just concluded technical conference of the society of petroleum engineers in which the University of Uyo SPE chapter in collaboration with the Students’ Union Government hosted 42 schools within Nigeria and Africa and came first in the petroquiz competition after defeating UI,UNILAG,UNICAL,UNIBEN,OAU,FUTO,COVENANT,FUPRE, amongst others and we would be representing Nigeria and Africa at Texas, USA this year for the finals of that competition, likewise in the just concluded NUGA games the university of uyo students won over 20 medals. University of uyo was awarded the school with the best portal services in Nigeria in the just concluded national association of computer science students conference held at unilag, The first prizewinners in poetry in the just concluded south south linguistics students conference also came to the Universty of Uyo.
To mark this years students union week we would be hosting a number of programs ranging from academics, sports, health , empowerment programs and social events. Permit me to inform you that we will be holding interfaculty games again this year which was held last in 2014.
To this end we want to inform the student community that the vice chancellor has approved a lecture free week to allow maximum participation in the various activities marking the week by students and we have put machinery in place to ensure that this is strictly adhered to.
As we celebrate this years student’s week, let me use this medium to ask for a minute silence for all our departed comrades that would have loved to be a part of this week but are no more, may their souls rest in perfect peace.
Thank you great tuskers, I wish you a fun filled week.
God bless the University of Uyo.
God bless Akwa Ibom state.
God bless Nigeria.
President student union