UNICAL Post Graduate Students Get New Leaders

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by crossriverwatch admin

Newly inuagurated PGSG executives, Stakeholders and the university management in a group photo
Newly inuagurated PGSG executives, Stakeholders and the university management in a group photo

Members of the Postgraduate Students’ Government, (PGSG) University of Calabar have elected a new leadership saddled with the responsibility of piloting its affairs in the 2013/2014 academic session.

The new leadership as announced by the electoral committee chairman Comrade Tangbam Egbe Ebagu has Eyong Oduba Ikwa as President; Ime Ubokobong Okon, Vice President; Okebugwu Emeka Onyekachi, Secretary; Julius Prisca Itagbor, Assistant Secretary.

Others are George Akaninyene Michael, Financial Secretary; Ubaba Mercy Ubushu, Treasurer; Etan Michael, Director of Welfare; Inegbedion Akhere Paul, Director of Socials; Williams Iniobong, Public Relations Officer; and Essien Emmanuel as provost.

They were inaugurated recently at the CES auditorium of the university.

In his opening remark, the Dean of Students’ Affairs, Prof Eyong .U. Eyong who was represented by Michael Ebule congratulated the new leadership, even as he applauded them and the electoral umpire for a relatively peaceful free and fair transition process.

In his valedictory speech, the outgone president comrade Anthony Bissong Attah noted that PGSG under his reign as President was ‘challenging’ but ‘interesting’.

The Ph.D student continued that his administration was able to record some meaningful achievements among which were: installation of functional sporting and internet facilities at the postgraduate students’ hotels as well as the hosting of Nigeria centenary lecture.

Comrade Anthony advised his successor to consolidate on the gains of his administration, most especially on marketing the union to the world.

In his acceptance speech, the newly sworn-in President, Comrade Eyong Oduba Ikwa expressed gratitude to students for finding him worthy to sail the ship of PGSG as well as the show of solidarity.

The M.SC Botany student and one time President of National Association of Science Students, NASS in his undergraduate days, reiterated his administration’s commitment to ensure that the Union gets a functional secretariat, constant power and water supply in the hotels as well as postgraduate students’ welfare, academic and social challenges are adequately addressed.

He solicited for cooperation from public-spirited individuals, groups, and students in to help his administration meet its desired goals.

In their separate remarks, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. James Epoke assured the new administration of the university management’s support in their quest to secure a secretariat.

He also said the postgraduate hostel will be converted from a bungalow to ‘at least a one storey building’ so as to accommodate more students.

The university Bursar, Mr Peter Agi advised the new leadership to have harmony of interest, strategy and objective as well as operate an open door policy.

John Bassey, a Ph.D student in an interview said “Eyong Oduba Ikwa has been a student unionist from his B.Sc days. I believe in his ability to bring radical transformation to Postgraduate Students’ Government”

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