In a bid to contribute to the development of Akwa Ibom and also open channels of opportunities for the youths of the state to build capacities, Uyai College of Creative Art has opened in Uyo.
The programmes offered include; courses in film-directing and acting, fashion designing and tailoring, training on cooking of both local and intercontinental cuisines, among other creative art disciplines.
The college also offers three weeks internship, three months internship, as well as full programmes in film-directing and acting, among others.
Speaking shortly after commissioning the college for resumption of academic programmes, the coordinator of Family Empowerment and Youth Reorientation Path-Initiative, FEYReP, a pet-project of the wife of the state governor, Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel, Mrs Ime Ephraim Inyang-eyen said the lofty initiative of establishing a college with such a great prospect would drive the growth of Akwa Ibom youths in so many creative fields, in line with the vision of the wife of Gov Udom Emmanuel.
She observed that that the "Dakkadaâ€ spirit was already at work in the new college, as the institution would awaken this spirit of creativity in the youths as well as offer them opportunities in the creative and the hospitality industries to make impacts.
Mrs Inyang-Eyen therefore, commended the founder and director of the college, Mrs Maria Therese Adiakpan, for berthing a great vision that would unlock potentials of the youths, and in turn take Akwa Ibom to the public glare.
Speaking earlier on the occasion, the director of Uyai College of creative Art, Mrs Maria Therese Adiakpan, explained that she was motivated by her cravings for novel ideas to establish the college, having realised that Akwa Ibom has a lot to give out and to receive from investors.
The director, who described Akwa Ibom as a virgin land for creativity and investment, said the state has so many untapped potentials that can transform its people if such potentials can be well harnessed.
She therefore, called on the youths in the state to avail themselves of the opportunities that abound in the college to build capacities and take their destinies in their own hands.
In a goodwill message, the clan head of Northern Uruan and the former Registrar of the University of Uyo, Chief B. J. Effiong, appreciated the founder for her vision which he believed would provide a platform for the youths to stand and be part of the making of history.
Chief Effiong said although university education only gives the basis for the individual to start from what is needed for sustainability is a skill the individual acquires.
The royal father therefore, urged the director to continue to berth new ideas that would transform the state and provide more opportunities for the teaming youths in the state.
The representative of Non-formal Education in Akwa Ibom State, Mr Godwin Asanga, while giving his goodwill message, lauded the vision of the founder, and urged her not to relent in her good works.
He said there was no better time for the college to come on stream than now, in view of the fact that the state has already set the pace for creativity and investment, calling on all to embrace the vision for self-development.