Presidential aide, Enang, institutes N10m chair for legislative studies
TO promote greater understanding of the dynamics of the legislature by Nigerian youths, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, has instituted a N10m Chair for Legislative Studies at the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
He made the disclosure at the 21st convocation ceremony of the institution, which recently held, where he was also conferred with a Honorary Doctorate of Law (LLD).
Vice chancellor of the institution, Professor Comfort M. Ekpo, who informed that Enang, among other things facilitated the provision of a mini water scheme at the main campus of the university added that, “This decision to honour him was taken at the university’s Senate while he was not yet in office as the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters.
The N10m, which the former chairman of Committee on Rules and Business in the two arms of the National Assembly, said was courtesy of his law firm, is aimed at encouraging the study of legislative studies as a course of study in an appropriate department of the school.
Enang who, however, hopes that the school’s Senate would consider his clamour for the establishment of the Department of Legislative Studies, added that such studies would help to deepen youths’ understanding of the legislature and their roles in ensuring an effective system through bills.
He said: “The N10m Chair for Legislative Studies was a donation from my law firm and it was to institute either a professorial chair or a research chair. But the university council will decide whether they want to establish that department. If they do, that money goes to a chair or to help them establish it,” said the former lawmaker, who represented Akwa Ibom North East on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Enang, who said that in any system where the law is wrong, the youths can propose an amendment and can also use their legislators either at the state or federal level to push a bill to effect correction.
“Youths in the university should understand the process of screening commissioners, the issues to look out for, how to create harmony between the executive and the legislature, and the intricacies of it, which is what I am practicing now as a liaison officer to Mr. President. These are matters that should be studied and then majored in so that when a student graduates, it would help in deepening his appreciation of democracy,” Enang stated.
He said the award makes him “feel that the society appreciates what I have been contributing, and it confirms my feeling, my opinion that it is not what you have that makes you, but what you are. I have been honoured today, not because of what I have, but because of what I am and I want it to be a challenge to other children to emphasise what they are.”
President Muhammadu Buhari, who was represented by the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Julius Okojie, called for re-entrenchment of universities’ values, which include comfortable hostel accommodation and excellence in research and development.
“We are encouraging the partnership between the Federal Government, state governments and host communities. This is because we are worried about the level of friction between universities and their host communities.
“Universities and host communities should assist each other and understand what the challenges are. We challenge universities to be at peace with their host communities and state governors have roles to play in this matter.”