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In his determination to use education as tool for economic transformation, the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has constituted a 23 - man Central Planning Committee to organise an education summit with the theme: “Human Capacity Building For Sustainable Transformation of Persons and Society.”

Inaugurating the committee on Thursday in his office, Government House, Uyo,the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem stated that the education summit has become necessary to check the falling standards and noticeable deficiencies in the present education system in the state in particular and the country in general.

Dr. Ekuwem, himself the Chairman of the committee, expressed optimism that with the quality of professionals who are members of the committee, the summit which will hold before the commencement of new academic session this year will be a huge success.

Buttressing the need for the summit, the SSG said it was part of Governor Udom Emmanuel promise of changing the mindset of people, and refocus the curricular of Schools in the state aimed at grooming knowledgeable graduates with sound moral values to be gainfully employed by creating jobs for themselves and not looking for jobs.
I want us to understand the basis of this summit. We all know that all of us graduated from a University, Polytechnic, College of Education or any of the Technical Schools to look for a white collar jobs. You want to graduate and look for a job and you start competing with so many peoples looking for the same job. "The way we were brought up, the way the training institutions were tailored; young men and women were being groomed to go and look for jobs. That era, all of us know had come to an end. The new era is you graduate from the University, Polytechnic, or College of Education as the case may be and become gainfully employed. In other words, you can create your own jobs.

“So, the essence of this summit is for teachers, lecturers and professors in our institutions to know that our students are expected to graduate from institutions and become not only locally competitive but also nationally and globally”, the State Chief Scribe stated.

He urged people to discard the culture of holding only to their disciplines but to explore other areas of human endeavours so as to create jobs for themselves.

The summit, according to him is geared towards “productive parenting”, noting that it is high time parents inculcate in their children good moral values and described parents as the first teacher of their children.

Other rationale behind the summit include inculcating the culture of hard work in people, and the needs for people to invest in their talents and passion instead of pursuing only certificate.

The SSG harped on the need for schools to make entrepreneurship a compulsory course in order for graduates to have a business minded spirit after graduation with the aim of fixing themselves in the industries and factories put in place by the state government.

While urging lecturers to be role models by creating techniques of making students to be curious about learning, Dr. Ekuwem frowned at the situation where marks now become subject of bargaining by lecturers, describing it as academic tragedy.

"The most dishonourable thing a professor, a lecturer and a teacher can do is to give scores which should have been a reflection of knowledge acquired by a student based on money and not merit. This practice is academic tragedy,” he decried.

Billed to attend the summit include teachers in both primary and secondary schools, principals of secondary schools and professors and lecturers in tertiary institutions, among others.

Some members of the Committee are:
  • The Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government;
  • Commissioner for Education, Dr. Nse Essien; 
  • Commissioner for Science and Technology, Dr. Iniobong Essien;
  • Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Udoh;
  • Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board;
  • Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), University of Uyo;
  • Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Akwa Ibom State University(AKSU);
  • Rector, Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Ikot Osurua;
  • The Provost, College of Education, Afaha Nsit, 
  • Rev. Father Donatus Udoette
  • Justice Theresa Obot, 
  • Chief Executive Officer of Toro Inoyo Foundation; 
  • Chairman, Akwa Ibom Professionals, Lagos; 
  • President National Association of Akwa Ibom State Students; 
  • Professor Vincent Anigbogu, State Chairman of ALGON 
  • Chairman of EARCOM.
  • Professor Mrs. Alice Udosen of the University of Uyo, 
  • Mr. Aniefiok Wilson Iwa Udofia, 
  • Clan Head of Ukpomette in Ikot Abasi, His Highness, CM Edem Udo
  • The President of AKISAN, USA.

With contribution from Mr. Anietie Esu

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