Wednesday, November 11, 2020
has been slated as the date for
the 2019/2020 matriculation
ceremony of College of Education, Afaha
Nsit, Nsit Ibom Local Government.
This was stated by the chairman, planning committee of the event, Dr. Esther
Andrew, deputy provost (Academic),
during the institution's town hall meeting
weekend. She explained that the date
earlier fixed was postponed due to shift
in the school calendar on resumption of
"The matriculation which we were supposed to have before the lockdown was
shifted because a lot of students could
not pay up their fees before 30th of last
month. The students union government
sent in their request that the students appealed it should be extended and they
should be given time to pay up their fees.
"To the glory of God, with a good number that has come up to pay, the date for
the matriculation has been fixed for next
week on Wednesday, November 11,
2020. The committee is working assiduously for the successful exercise.
"As parents we know what it means
for a student not to take exams due to
inability to pay fees, students should endeavour to pay up their fees for a smooth
first semester examination.Earlier, the
acting provost of the college, Dr. Daniel
George Udo, thanked the management
team and staff for turning up for the meeting en masse.
"We called you and you gave us your
audience. I thank you for all your efforts
in sports, education, commitment, sense
of duty which have brought this college
where it is today. And I know you will
not relent in your efforts to move this
college forward together.
Beginning with payment of staff salaries as matter of urgency, he furthered,
"Permit me to commence this meeting
with a matter of urgent importance which
is the salaries. There has never been any
month that voucher for salaries spent 24
hours on my table. We do not treat matters of staff with levity in this administration, noting that the essence of the meeting was for interaction.
"I invited you this morning because
there is a need for us to interact. First, I
appreciate your effort so far. You accept those who continue to defend you when
you are not wealthy. I am aware some
staff use their money to buy pens and
papers to prepare students' results, I
know there is no way you sow positively
that God does not have a way to bless
you positively. I thank those who have
done all these acts of sacrifices, they will
not go unnoticed, both the ones we know
and the ones we do not know.
"I am here because you are there,
meaning I would not have had anything
doing here if you were not there at the
departments, units and school at large
where you work and we have results. So
there is a need to tell you thank you and
also to encourage you that your acts of
sacrifices will never go unrewarded.
Things are already improving and will
continue to improve.
He acknowledged the efforts of staff
and the fact that some departments
would have done better but did not have the machinery, "I'm speaking in respect
to examination purposes, that was the
basis we asked TETFUND to assist us
and they did by giving us 35 pieces of
laptops which we have issued out to the
various heads of departments to use and
compute results. There are so many of
them, things we need to work with that
we do not have.
"But please we do not have to allow
the job to lie low simply because of one
excuse or the other. You can reach out to
a neighbouring department, unit or school
to assist which is possible and achievable.
The college provost urged the examination officers to be conversant with operation of the laptops so as not to be found
wanting when the need arises.
"I do not foresee a situation an examination officer will be found wanting to
utilize the laptop for the purpose for which
it was meant for. It is not time to download all the videos online and save in the
system, it will crash because it has capacity and once it gets to its capacity, one
may lose the content because it is
stretched. It is important to have a backup.
"Please note that those laptops are not
given to individuals but to departments.
When you are handing over to a new head
of department, you are expected to hand
over same because you signed as the
head of department and collected same
on behalf of the department. It is meant
to service the department and not personal items. We should take care of them
like we take care of our personal items.
"I will make unannounced visits to departments and units, so inform your head
to be aware of your absence before you
stay away from work. If you have need
to stay away from work, your head of
department should know. As a provost
of this college, I am not untouchable; there
is no one in College of Education, Afaha
Nsit who is untouchable. I will not only
touch you, I will brush you. If you are not
ready to work, bring your resignation letter to me. Refusal to answer a query on
its own is already an offence. A query is
not an indictment; it is an opportunity for
you to explain your own side of the story.
Do not see us as coming to infringe on
your right, everyone has his own right.
"Unions do not fight indiscipline; they
fight for welfare to be put in place. When
you fail in the discharge of your duty, do
not run to the union because that is not
the essence of the union. With all amount
of humility, decorum and sincerity of purpose, put aside idiosyncratic behaviours.
We are not where we are because we
are the best but it is by God's grace which
is sufficient to us.
He enjoined all to acknowledge the fact
that they were called to perform a duty
for the benefit of humanity and to the glory
of God which should their watchword.
"No matter the amount of provocation,
foul language should not be used on the
students, it is not right.
He also informed that cases of negative report have started dying away and
they would continue to die until there
would be no cases of negative report.
In his words, "College of education
should not be a dumping ground when
Communication Arts, Pharmacy, and
other courses are filled up and cannot
offer admission anymore. Leave the rest
which may be environmental factors, we
want to see how the students will be attracted to the school from day one, all
the distractions are Egyptians and soon
you will see them no more.
He urged exams officers to always be
available to supervise their examinations.
"This means we all need to sit up,
strategize and work to achieve our goal
which is excellent students for the benefit of the society. As we speak, we have
submitted statement of account of the institution for 2017/2018; they were outstanding since 2016 which was the last
that it was submitted, until few months
"By God's grace we were able to mobilize the external auditors while 2019 is
underway and will soon be through. I do
not delay payment once the funds are
available. Let us utilize the little we have,
Questions and issues affecting staff
welfare were raised at the meeting and
were responded to by the appropriate authorities.
The annual town hall meeting which
took place at the Mini Theatre Hall of
the college had in attendance Dr. Kingsley
Ibritam, deputy provost (Administration),
Philip I. Eduok, acting registrar; Dr.
Godwin Akpan, chairman of Colleges of
Education Academic Staff Union
(COEASU), among other stakeholders.
Also in attendance were members of
the different unions, management staff
as well as both the teaching and nonteaching staff.