Akwa Ibom government tasks tertiary institutions on curriculum development

Akwa Ibom state governor, Udom Emmanuel has called on university administrators in the country to rejig the curriculum and give priority attention to Information and Communication Technology [ICT].

The governor who disclosed this at the convocation ceremony of the state- owned university where 916 students graduated said tertiary institutions must be guided by the realities of the 21st century where the world is driven by technology.

He said, “Institutions of higher learning must therefore place emphasis on ICT development to equip our graduates with the needed knowledge to enable them compete favourably in today’s globally competitive societies.

“Besides, the whole world is changing and our university system must change in line with the current realities.”

The governor expressed hope that authorities of the institution would fall in line with what is obtainable globally especially in the areas of science and technology.

He commended the vice chancellor, Prof. Eno Ibanga for taking the university to greater heights especially in making the institution one of the best-ranked state owned universities in the country.

Governor Emmanuel who described education as one of the essential ingredients of transforming any society said our youths must be given the opportunity to access qualitative and affordable education.

“Education is one of the cardinal responsibilities of government, and our administration views this responsibility with all the seriousness it deserves. That is why we are seeing education not as expenses but as an investment; we will continue to invest in this endeavour with all the seriousness its deserves”, he added.

On his part, the vice chancellor, Prof. Eno Ibanga, who reeled out the successes recorded by the school alerted that the institution is being threatened by surrounding communities over land encroachment.

He listed other challenges to include staff and students accommodation, power and water supply as well as lack of sporting facilities.

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