By Unyimeobong Ikpe

The Executive Chairman of Itu Local Government, Rt. Hon. (Barr.) Etetim Onuk (right) and the Vice Chairman of Itu, Hon. Mrs. Emem Ekpanya

The Executive Chairman of Itu Local Government, Rt. Hon. (Barr.) Etetim Onuk, yesterday, received an Award of most Student-friendly Chairman from the National Association of Itu Students Worldwide (NAISW)

The Ceremony which had as its theme, “equipping Itu students for a greater future” took place at the Kennedy hall, local government headquarters, Itu, and was attended by all students of Itu origin studying in various Institutions of higher learning to mark their 2021 student’s week.

Receiving the Award, Barr Etetim Onuk, thanked the administration of the Association led by Comrade Uwem Inwang and rededicated the Award to all students of Itu origin in higher Institutions of learning.

Barr. Onuk used the event to also appreciates students of Itu local government for their upright efforts in organising the student’s week, charging them to ensure sustainable unity amongst themselves and promised them of his administration’s commitment toward student’s welfare, adding that bursary will be paid to them as soon as the financial state of the Local Government would have improved.

Meanwhile, some major activities of the student’s week included Seminars/conferences where different speakers drwan from all works if life motivated and encouraged participants to ensure greatness in their various field of discipline and services to humanity.

In the mean time, in a keynote speech presented by the Guest Lecturer, Engr. Dr. Bassey Okon, of the University of Uyo, participants have been admonished to build their future on meaningful and sustainable initiatives.

Dr. Bassey Okon went further and charged students of Itu local government to always imbibe the right cultural and moral values and to be actively involved in positive developmental initiative of the Area by seeing themselves as strong collaborators with the leadership of the local government

Also Speaking on the topic, “students and youth participation in politics”, The Personal Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Public Affairs, Mr Raphael Edem, advised students of Itu to desist from compromising in election processes by what he described as receiving cash monies in exchange of choosing a leader of acceptable choice and proven character. Mr. Edem added that, it was time to worked toward having good governance by voting one’s conscience during the poll.

Other activities of the week long event further included but not limited to football competitions.