By Elijah Ugani
The Students’ Union Government (SUG), of the Federal College of Education, FCE Obudu have finally elected a new Executive after seven years of ban by the then Governing Council headed by Chief Linus Okom, (Ada Bekwarra) in 2007.
The ban followed the riot that erupted then in the school and was blamed on late signing of course forms and authorities said in an attempt to curtail the activities of students on campus, the ban on students’ unionism became expedient.
At the completion of tenure of office of the Governing Council headed by Chief Okom, a new council was set up with Alhaji Adamu Aliyu as Chairman of the Council, and in his quest for the ideal, he felt that his task encompasses students’ welfare and made bold to lift the ban on students’ unionism.
The management of the College immediately set up a Committee charged with the responsibility of conducting the election known as Federal College of Education, Electoral Commission, Obudu (FCEECOO) having Mr. Ladan Chado as Chairman.
Twenty Two (22) students bought forms and contested Executive positions while twenty eight (28) students contested for House of Representatives which represent the students parliament.
In a keen contest, Mr. Adie Sampson Abetianbe of Social Studies/Economics Department was returned elected as President having scored a total of 1587 votes against his opponent Mr. Ogar Paul Liwhu-liwhe who scored 609 votes.
Others returned elected are:
Oko Simon Okum, Vice President, Idigie Gabriel Martins Secretary, Agabi John Ogar Assistant Secretary General, Abuato Godsanswer A. Financial Secretary, Otu Sarah Onyio, Treasurer, Angioha Cyril A. Director of Sports, Ogar Lubem S. Director of Socials.
The President-elect Mr. Adie Samson Abetianbe who hails from Bedia in Obudu Local Government Area of Cross River State, shortly after the elections and declaration of result, while addressing our reporter, thanked the Governing Council for lifting the ban on students’ unionism.
He also thanked the college community and the students in particular who found him worthy despite his limitations to serve this academic session and stressed that with God on his side, he will not treat with levity the hope and confidence that the students have bestowed on him.
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