The newly appointed Special Assistant to the Akwa Ibom State Governor on Students Matters, Comrade Iniobong Ememobong has lauded Akwa Ibom students on excellent performance with a call on students to imbibe the culture of merit and excellence. The governor’s aide made the remark while receiving Akwa Ibom Students who excelled in the 2013 Olatunji Odegbami Technology Competition held in Okokoijesha, Osun State.
Comrade Ememobong while congratulating the students for making the state proud sad that it was time to start celebrating excellence, adding that it was rather unfortunate that mediocrity has become a normal thing in the society today.
Ememobong who is a former president of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) presented cash prizes to the students with the first prize winner receiving twenty thousand naira, the second receiving fifteen thousand and third going home with ten thousand naira.
The governor’s aide also promised to sponsor the three students on web design and management training and announced that eh students Economic Empowerment Scheme will soon be established, while urging the awardees not to relent in their pursuit of excellence in academics and every other aspect of life and solicited that the media should help in promoting the students.
The activist was full praises for the state governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio for repositioning education in the state; the member representing Nsit Ubium State Constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon. Onofiok Luke for sponsoring the cash prizes and the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) for creating the platform for students to exercise their knowledge.
Earlier in his opening speech, the chairman of Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Akwa Ibom State Chapter, Mr. Bassey Essang commended Governor Akpabio for investing in education and students’ affairs, adding that the appointment of Comrade Ememobong as the governor’s S.A on Students Matters showed that the governor was interested in the affairs and development of Akwa Ibom students.
Mr. Essang hinted that NCS was the apex IT society in Nigeria and as a way of promoting IT in the country, that the body introduced the annual IT quiz which has been on-going for seven years and solicited for the continuous support of the government.
While presenting the students to the S.A, the NCS state chairman appealed to the government to support the students through empowerment and sponsorships to enable them rise to the peak of their career.
Responding on behalf of the students, Emmanuel Eshiet, a year two student of Computer Science in University of Uyo who won the first prize, thanked the state governor for his investment in education, the state chapter of NCS for their support and promised to bring more laurels to the state.
Other awardees were the second prize winner, Ebenezer Akpekong, a year one student of computer science in Akwa Ibom State University and the third prize winner, Miss Aniebet Eyo, HND 2 student of Uyo City Polytechnic.