A’Ibom inaugurates governing council for skills center

By Paulinus Nta

A 7-member governing Council has been inaugurated to direct affairs at the Dakkada Skills Acquisition Centre ( DASAC), Ikot Ada-Idem, Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area with the core mandate to bring professionalism to bare in the management of the centre

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Pastor Umo Eno, performed the inauguration at Government House, Uyo, to signal the formal opening of the Centre with commencement of full academic activities.

Inaugurating the board, Governor Eno charged the members to show leadership and deliver on the mandate expected of them, stating that the government will hold them responsible for the success or failure of the centre.

He announced that the State government will sponsor five students from each of the 31 local government areas as pioneer students and advised the board to engage the services of versatile marketing professionals to project the school in order to generate revenue.

The Governor further stated that the centre will only enjoy government subvention for a period of one year, after which it should be able to sustain itself.
He said, “Government will sponsor five students from each Local Government Area as pioneer students so as to provide the first set of students we want to work with. So you have to set your computer- based exams for them.

“For everything we want to do now, we want to be very transparent. So you will set your computer-based exams, let the students write the exams, and pass. But I am sure in each local government you will find the number that you want to become students in the school. Those should be your first in-takes,” he said.

As part of the terms of reference for the Governing Council, he cautioned strictly against playing politics in the management of the centre and encouraged the team to strive for success.

The Board has Obong Churchill Udoh as Chairman of the Governing Council, Professor Enoidem Usoro, Rector, Mr. Aniedi-Abasi Udofia, Registrar, with Commissioner for Education, Commissioner for Labour and Manpower Planning and Commissioner for Agriculture as well the chairman, Akwa Ibom Investment Corporation, AKICORP as members.

Accepting the responsibility on behalf of the team, Chairman of the Governing board, Obong Churchill Udoh appreciated the Governor for the confidence reposed on them and pledged to put in their best for the success of the centre.

On her part, the Rector, Professor Enoidem Usoro commended the Governor for finding her worthy to serve, noting that though the task ahead is enormous, they were ready to surmount every hurdle and ensure that their responsibilities are effectively carried out in the interest of the people.

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