By Ime Silas
Sen Ita Solomon Enang has, on behalf of the leaders and people of Akwa Ibom state and South South geopolitical zone of Nigeria, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the establishment of the Federal University of Technology, Akwa Ibom State.
Enang, who is the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, in a press release dated June 22, 2021, which he personally signed, said the President’s gesture had not only increased the number of Federal institutions in the state, but would also help increase the carrying capacity of these institutions to accommodate indigenes of the state seeking educational advancement.
The Presidential Aide said thus in the release: “On behalf of the Leaders and people of Akwa Ibom State, South-South geopolitical zone and indeed the entire Niger Delta Region of Nigeria, we express our immeasurable and profound thanks and appreciation to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for approving the establishment of the FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, AKWA IBOM STATE, among other specialized Universities in Nigeria.
“We express profound gratitude to The Hon. Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu for his large heart and fairness in the processing of the matter to include Akwa Ibom and the South South AND to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Arch. Echonu and the staffers. We appreciate your bureaucratic dexterity, and bearing with all, even in the odds.
This gesture of Mr. President and indeed the Federal Government has increased Federal Tertiary Educational Institutions presence in Akwa Ibom State and, in addition to the State’s Tertiary institutions, all as hereunder listed has greatly increased the carrying capacity of educational Institutions which will take our children hitherto deprived of admissions because of “NO VACANCY” or “QUOTA” or carrying capacity out of deprivation from high cutoff marks from home to Universities in time. Again, thank you Mr. President”.
While listing other federal institutions already established in the state, Sen Enang congratulated the state governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel on the fact that the newly approved institution came during his tenure and called on the people of Akwa Ibom state to thank and appreciate President Buhari.
“To enable all appreciate the weight of this favour, we list hereunder the Federal Tertiary Institutions already in the state:
(1) University of Uyo, Uyo.
(2) Federal Polytechnic, Ukana, Essien Udim.
(3) Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron.
“Despite the above favour, His Excellency Mr. President still deemed it appropriate to favour us with this new Federal University of Technology. Thank you Mr President.
The APC- led Federal Government has demonstrated that after election, Governance is delivered to ALL persons of all persuasions as citizens and constituents of the Federal Republic.
“May I also congratulate the Governor of Akwa Ibom State His Excellency; Governor Udom Emmanuel that it is in his tenure that a fresh Federal University of Technology was approved by the Buhari led Federal Government for Akwa Ibom State. This draws us and all closer to each other in delivering on our mandate to the people.
“AKWA IBOM, yak ikoom President Buhari ke se anye Anam ami ino nnyin, inyung ibong eti akam ino anye ye akamba Ukara Nigeria”, meaning, Akwa Ibom people should thank and appreciate President Buhari and the federal government for what he and his administration have given to the state.