Education Commissioner Debunked Clamor Of Nonpayment Of Bursary To Students

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Education Commissioner Debunked Clamor Of Nonpayment Of Bursary To Students.

BY: Abasiama Umoh

The Commissioner for Education, Akwa Ibom State, Prof. Victor Inoka, has debunked as falsehood the issue of nonpayment of bursary to students by the State Government, as alleged of recent by the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS. He made startling revelations on the new modalities that has been put in place by the State Government towards students financing and bursary payment to students in the State.

While fielding questions recently in an AKBC TV Programme, THE CENTRE POINT, Prof. Victor Inoka, stated that strategies are being mapped out to ensure that Akwa Ibom State students are paid their bursaries soon, but in a more sustainable, organized, formidable and smooth pattern away from the old methodology of carrying money in bags to give to students. The commissioner, however, revealed that government has taken steps to digitalize the whole process of bursary payment in the State in order to ensure eradication of ghost students and duplicity of payment during the exercise.

The Education Commissioner who spoke on several issues in the educational sector as well as the achievements of His Excellency, Deacon Udom Emmanuel, said that the governor is passionately concerned about the welfare of students in the State, hence, his commitment to the Free and Compulsory Education policy of government.

Responding to some allegations made by the President, National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, Comrade Danielson Bamidele Akpan, that Governor Udom Emmanuel has neglected the welfare of students. The Commissioner debunked the allegation saying that new modalities are underway for payment of bursary to students. ” The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, as a body, is for the generality of the entire students of Nigeria, but NAAKISS jurisdiction is within Akwa Ibom State, and they oversee the interest and welfare of students of Akwa Ibom State origin. So far, they have not complained because recently, His Excellency, the Governor, interacted with them during the International Students Day, at Ibom Hall, and assured them that once the new modalities of portals has been fully fine tuned, that every student of Akwa Ibom State origin would go and login, apply and get their bursaries paid. I can assure the body of students in Akwa Ibom State that their welfare is being taken care of maximally. And as, His Excellency, the Governor, has said, we have almost perfected plans to make sure that we open the portals for students to register and get their bursaries paid”. – Prof. Inoka reiterated.

The Commissioner also stated that many students from Secondary School to tertiary institutions are beneficiaries of scholarship scheme of the State Government. ” For instance, the State Government has given scholarship to selected students drawn from the 31 Local Government Areas in the State. Their complete tuition and boarding fees are being paid for by government at Tower of Ivory International Schools, adding that the State Government is also committed to payment of WAEC and NAPTEB fees for Akwa Ibom State students as well as subvention per head of pupils and students which form part of students financing by government.

Also speaking in another AKBC TV programme -THE FOCUS, the President, National Association of Akwa Ibom State Students, NAAKISS, Worldwide, Comrade Aniefiok Edet and the Speaker, Comrade Aniedi Michael, both of them in a swift reaction said that the allegation levelled against government by the NANS President, Comrade Danielson Akpan, is unfounded as the State Government is constantly in touch with the students and has always shown concern in the plight and general welfare of the students. “We are students unionists, we are not political jobbers. As such, we have clear cut understanding of what the Governor, His Excellency, Deacon Udom Emmanuel, is doing for the body of students in Akwa Ibom State, where he is taking us and what he has in stock for us. We have indebt knowledge of government huge investment in the educational sector, as such, collectively, we have acknowledged that the Governor is doing well and we are in full support of his transformational programmes both for the students and the state in general.

Expectedly, the NANS President, Comrade Akpan, would have explored a better option by going to the Ministry of Education to ascertain the true position of things as it regards students welfare, or better still, beckon on the Apex students leaders of Akwa Ibom State origin to furnish him with information concerning students welfare in Akwa Ibom State before taking unjustifiable measures to discredit what the Governor is doing in the educational sector and for the students in Akwa Ibom State. Moreso, the Governor, who is the Grand Patron of NAAKISS worldwide has interfaced with the students with a sure promise that once the issue of portals have been perfectly fine tuned, bursaries would be paid. Therefore, Comrade Akpan, got it all wrong by going to make a press release on air without due and proper verifications and consultations with Akwa Ibom State students leaders on ground. Well, we believe that it is his usual antic for extorting money from government. We however condemn in its entirety such unpatriotic act by the NANS President, as it was done in bad faith”. – Comrades Aniefiok Edet and Aniedi Michael queried.

Meanwhile, a subsequent release signed by the Senate President of NANS, Mohammed Abubaka, stated that the stands of the NANS President, Comrade Akpan, does not in any way represent the position of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS.

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