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A’Ibom presents N79m to aviation school college students

The Commissioner for Education in Akwa Ibom State, Mrs Idongesit Etiebet, has offered a cheque of N79m to aviation college students who gained admission into the Nigeria College of Aviation Technology, Zaria.

“Our students came out in flying colours in several competitions because of the quality of education in the state, and several schools were given a facelift in infrastructure, which is why accreditation was restored in various courses in all the state-owned tertiary institutions”, Etiebet stated on Friday whereas presenting the cheques to the beneficiaries.

They embody Wilson Ezekiel Wilson normal pilot Course -SP35, Daniel Priscilla Samuel, SP35, Edna Emem, Akpan, SP35, Udourom Michael Patrick, and Standard Air Traffic Control.

The commissioner, who recommended Governor Umo Eno for pursuing schooling development with renewed vigour, nonetheless, faulted an investigative report in a neighborhood newspaper within the state, that former governor Udom Emmanuel diverted cash meant for bursary and scholarships of scholars throughout his tenure as governor.

The newspaper reported that it sampled the opinion of ten undergraduate college students between 2016 and 2019 from every of the 5 public establishments within the state who confirmed that neither bursary nor scholarship was paid throughout former governor, Emmanuel’s tenure.

“We sampled 10 individuals who have been undergraduates between 2016 and 2019 from every of the 5 public tertiary establishments within the state (University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State University, Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Akwa Ibom State College of Education and Akwa Ibom State College of Science and Technology). None benefited from both bursary or scholarship,’’ the newspaper stated.

But talking whereas faulting the report in the course of the presentation of the cheques, the commissioner described the allegations in opposition to the previous Governor as unfaithful.

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She stated that the instant previous Governor, Emmanuel carried out creditably nicely in lifting the usual of schooling by way of students-friendly academic insurance policies and welfare programmes, which noticed the scholars from the State excelling in nationwide and worldwide competitions.

Etiebet stated, “Two days in the past, a newspaper carried information stating that I granted an interview the place I stated that the instant previous Governor didn’t do something within the Education sector.

“I wish to say that I didn’t grant any interview, my Permanent Secretary is right here, and the data officers are right here. At no level did we have now any interview with any Media home on Education within the final administration, that report was completely unfaithful.

“Former Governor Emmanuel granted scholarships to indigent college students, sponsored faculty charges in state-owned tertiary establishments, sponsored a number of classes of scholars in specialised fields, notably maritime security, aviation and meteorological research, to coaching inside and out of doors the nation.

“Our college students got here out with flying colors in a number of competitions due to the standard of schooling within the State, and a number of other colleges got a facelift in infrastructure, which is why accreditation was restored in numerous programs in all of the State-owned tertiary establishments, and it’s actually unfair for any journalist to come back out and castigate the earlier administration in Education.

“Government is a continuum, and Governor Umo Eno is pursuing Education advancement with renewed vigour, awarding scholarship and bursaries, building model schools and buying shoes, bags and books for school children.”

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