Bursary Payment: Unical Students honour Essien Udim Council Chairman
In recognition of his contributions to education and students’ welfare in Essien Udim LGA, Essien Udim Students under the umbrella of National Association of Essien Udim Students (NAUES), University of Calabar (Unical) Chapter has presented an award of honour to the Council Chairman, Mr. Anthony Luke.
The award was presented to the Chairman on Thursday, 6th March 2023 when he visited Essien Udim Students Community in Calabar to pay the 2023 bursary to indigenes of Essien Udim studying in both the University of Calabar (Unical) and Cross River State University of Technology (CRUTEC).
Addressing the students, the Chairman of Essien Udim, Mr. Anthony Luke, commended them for their support and cooperation with his administration, regretting the late payment was due to the security situation in the area perpetrated by hoodlums who attacked and maimed the people.
He restated that students’ welfare remains a top priority of his administration and promised to do more to encourage and promote education which he “described as a panacea to grassroots development”.
The Chairman charged them to make good use of the fund for their academic activities and remain good ambassadors of Essien Udim in their various campuses.
The Chairman who was accompanied with the Director of Finance, Essien Udim, Elder Aniefiok Oyo, Supervisor for Education, Mr Itoro Akpan in his usual manner made a brief stop-over at the St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Unical Campus to prayer before meeting with the students.
Speaking on behalf of the students, the President, National Association of Essien Udim Students, Mr. Joseph Cletus Etokudoh, described the Chairman as a compassionate man and education friendly leader.
He thanked the Chairman for the support and encouragement to students of Essien Udim and lauded him for taking pains to come and see them in school to pay them bursary and also interacted with them.
In his goodwill message, the President, National Association of Akwa Ibom State Students (NAAKISS), University of Calabar (Unical) Chapter, Master Akwainyene Patrick, described the Chairman as a gift to Essien Udim Students and Essien Udim people in general and pledged the continuous support of the students community to the Chairman’s administration.