Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Special Duties and Ibom Deep Seaport, Engr. Bassey Okon stressed the vital role of subsistence technicians at Ibom Deep Seaport.
Engr. Okon said Thursday that the seaport cannot be maintained without input from technicians who were products of engineering schools.
He said this to members of the Government Technical College’s Executive Council, Abak Old Students Association, who were on a courtesy visit to his office.
Recognizing the decline of technical education in the country, he stressed the need for concerted efforts to support technical education, which he believes has been helpful in producing reliable technicians across the country. The Commissioner for Special Duties revealed that his background as an engineer was at the Technical College.
He pledged to support the association’s programs and charged the organization with advising current students of their alma mater against social vices such as worship and other crimes for the betterment of their future.
He thanked his schoolmates for their visit and for identifying with his appointment as commissioner, describing their visit as a great honor for him.
On the Old Students Association’s appeal asking for government intervention in the Abak Technical College facilities, the commissioner asked them to channel the request through the Ministry of Education.
The commissioner stressed that Udom Emmanuel’s government was in favor of education and would easily dispel their concerns.
The association’s executive chairman, Reverend Augustine Harrison, said their visit was to meet their former colleague, Engr. Okon on his recent appointment to the national executive.
Harrison said they were there to inform the commissioner of the group’s decision to support him for peak performance and successful deployment.
He drew the commissioner’s attention to the apparent decadence of technical education. The team leader also expressed concern over the poor condition of some Abak Technical College facilities and asked for his cooperation to put the matter in the right places for government intervention.
Rev. Agostino presented the Commissioner with a list of programs proposed to be implemented by the Old Students Association.
The treasurer of the association, Eng. Will of God Usanga; Mr. Udom Ekanem; Mr. Samuel Antai, as well as the Secretary-General, Pastor Augustine Harrison.