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Akwa Ibom State College Of Education Rededicates Institution To God ..We Will Leave No Stone Unturned - Council Chairman
By Edidiong Obot
January 30, 2020
"No, we have never had it this way. Initially, we thought it will be as usual, since it has always been a few staff or management prayer. We thank God for our provost, Dr Daniel George Udo for this wisdom to lead all to pray for the institution. God bless him.â€
It was almost an echo as students and staff reacted after its first edition of Solemn Assembly to Usher in Year 2020 and to rededicate the institution to God with the Theme; 'Behold, I Will Do A New Thing' (Isaiah 43:19) held at the mini theatre, College of Education, Afaha Nsit, Nsit Ibom Local Government Area, recently.
Whereas, the Solemn Assembly Committee Chairman, Dr Charles Effiong, on his part said, "I have been in this College for sometime now. I commend him, we have never had it this big, we should think of having a bigger hall than this. Even the students turn up in their numbers.â€
He seized the opportunity to commend the college provost for his support. "He is one in a million.â€
The committee chairman thanked the governing council, management staff, other staff and students for turning out in their numbers and assured them that all their prayers are answered.
In his remark, the provost of the college, Dr Daniel Udo, informed the gathering that the solemn Assembly was for two purposes - to rededicate the institution to God, thank God for his unprecedented faithfulness accorded to the institution and as well to beseech God's abundant grace upon the college.
"At a commencement of a new school session, anybody who has God as his Lord and saviour must seek His face, just like every other person commits himself to what he believes in the beginning of a new year.
"A man's hand is not strong enough to help us through life's hurdles if it is not propelled by God. We are gathered here today to tell God thank you for the sustenance, for the lives of the staff, students, the peace in the state and Nigeria at large.
"We are gathered here to tell God it is another school session, 2019/2020 academic session. Since there is no other capable to sustain or lead us, grant us safety, give us the wisdom.
"We come together in unison to recognize God's supremacy and to rededicate this College to God aloneâ€, he submitted.
The Acting Provost promised that his administration will operate under ambit of the Law with check and balances, most especially in ensuring that any staff of the college who is due for promotion is being promoted, which he condemned in strong terms people sitting on other people's promotional files and Lecturers manhandling students.
He added that his administration will focus more in completing some of the projects executed by the previous administration and initiate new projects-cum-ideals that would add value to the growth and development of the institution.
"Government is a continuum, the previous administration started a project, the new administration has a duty to continue and complete the projects. Every project done here is for the benefit of the students, staff and the college at large. The relationship with the students is very cordial, profitable and productive.
"We hope to improve, we could not do it enough. The solemn assembly I have in mind is that which will shake this town and the state at large, especially those who are directly connected to Afaha Nsit and those who are remotely connected. He continued, "so many people were standing and we never had much publicity, yet, the hall could not contain people,â€ he said.
In her remarks, chairman of the governing council, Akwa Ibom State College of Education, Afaha Nsit, Mrs. Regina G. Ikpatt, at the event informed all that God is out to establish new things in lives of the staff, students, the College and Akwa Ibom State at large.
She noted that the philosophy of seeking divine intervention, guidance and direction through such a solemn gatherings was encouraged by her Principal, the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel.
"We have come to see and confirm that Only God prevails in the affairs of men and He alone makes all plans to be possible. The theme of today - "I WILL DO A NEW THINGâ€ (Isaiah 43:18-19) is timely and relevant to the thinking of the State and the College for new levels of progress.
In her words, "Council is poised to operate with the "new" consciousness and would leave no stone unturned in its effort to project and present the situation of the College to appropriate authorities for attention. I sincerely appeal for the cooperation of all with Council and Management to actualize the mandate and the vision for the establishment of this College of Education in Akwa Ibom State.
She appealed to the Lecturers to put in more effort in discharging their duties to ensure that their institution produces competent teachers who will take care of the younger generation as their core responsibility.
"This should also transcend to the teaching methods and skills to deliver to the society a crop of competent teachers to mould the destiny of our children. Reports reaching some of us on the performance of our products (teachers) are not encouraging and I plead with our lecturers to improve on their methods of teaching to raise the standard of our students who are the ambassadors of the College. I also want to appeal to our students to study hard and justify the labours of the lecturers and their parents,â€ she stated.
She welcomed the staff and students to the new school session. "We had enjoyed great favours, blessings, protection and several opportunities to improve on the fortunes of this College, individual staff, families and our beloved State, Akwa Ibom State, I must not fail to appreciate my Council Members, Management, Staff and Students for the useful contributions to the advancement of the College in 2019.â€
Earlier in a homely, the guest speaker, Rev Iniobong Udoh, the Chaplain of Victory Chapel Cathedral, University of Uyo, who spoke on the theme of the day, Behold, I will do a new thing, drew his text from Isaiah 43:18-19, stressed the need to always acknowledge, observe and invite the presence of God in all human endeavours as instructed in the Bible, to draw near to God with a sincere heart, being fully persuaded that faith in God attracts new things, especially when accompanied with having a conscience devoid of guilt.
Rev Udoh posited that the consciousness of every Christian in an enlarged society is how to break out and stand among equals in the likeness of God's faithfulness which, according to him, the institution needs to be redeemed from the hands of the wicked people for its sustainability.
He noted that every new thing comes with changes, challenges and testimonies, which ought not to swallow but to produce testimonies.
"As we trust the Lord for a new thing, get ready for changes, challenges and testimonies. Most times in destiny people prefer the testimonies and forget that there will be changes and challenges before the testimonies.
In College of Education, Afaha Nsit, there will be lots of changes, physical and spiritual which will come with some challenges and at the end of the day, there will be testimonies.
Expatiating on the word, the cleric furthered that "I will do a new thingâ€ simply means God has not forgotten his plans concerning His children or, He is not yet done with His own; adding that "new things started in the book of Genesis. "This new year is just like the book of Genesis 1, new things shall locate you, he said.
"His words are reliable, durable and dependable. Many believe their qualifications, beauty, wisdom, talents alone and ability can fetch them new things, these attributes are all limited. Have you not seen how beautiful people are frustrated in life? The God of new things is at work but we hinder God from doing the things He wants to do.â€
Dr Udoh listed human attributes that hinders God from doing new things for His people to include oneself, unforgiveness, doubting God's power and living in discouragement.
"There is no man that can disappoint like a man. Look on to God, stand with Him, put your trust in Him. Alternatives to God will not work, it will not last. If you put your trust in something else, you cannot expect God to work.â€
The man of God urged the students and staff not dwell in their past. "If you keep remembering former things, you cannot get to where God wants you to go, forgive your friends and colleagues, they hinder new things from coming to you.
"If you desire God to do new things for you, move away from your past. There are better opportunities and open doors ahead. We hinder God from doing new things through our doubts. Do not doubt God. Rise above discouragement and start looking ahead. If you do not have a personal relationship with God, forget about the new things,â€ the clergyman noted.
Intercessory prayers were made for management and leadership of the College, the governing council, staff and students, peace in the community, the State governor, state and country at large.
In attendance were; Mrs. Regina Ekpatt, Chairman Governing Council and members, Dr. Daniel Udo, Acting Provost of the college and wife, Rev Mrs Etinyene, Dr King Ibritam, Deputy Provost Administration, Dr Esther Andrew, Deputy Provost Academic, Mr. Idorenyin Uko, School Registrar, Dr. Mrs. Uduak Enang, Librarian, Mr Inibehe Ekpor, Bursar, Deans of Schools, Head of Departments and Directors, Students Union Government led by the President, Comrade Godwin Ubong Inyang, Chairman, Group of villages and the village Head of Ikot Akpa Etang, Obong Peter Benson, members of College of Education Academic Staff Union COEASU, Senior Staff Union of College of Education SSUCOEN, Non Academic Staff Union NASU, students of the institution amongst others.
Others in attendance were ministers of the gospel, Rev Iniobong Ekong, Rev Joseph Ikpong, Pastor Aniedi Nyong, Pastor Blessing Nyong and Evang. Robert Udoikpa amongst others.