Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Why we prefer Prof. Offiong Efanga Offiong —group

Prof. Offiong Efanga Offiong 
28 July 2020 

Over these past weeks the Southern Advocates have had the opportunity on its own without bias, to consult, observe and evaluate the perspectives and agenda of the various candidates from the Southern Senatorial District of Cross River —the zone due to produce the next Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar in the upcoming elections.

Because of the rapid growth we are experiencing in our university community and the numerous challenges, decisions made now will affect us for many years, and equally considering that "Decisions Determine Destinies", therefore there is no gain saying that we need an experienced public servant with track records. Who has the wisdom and insight to make the right decisions to rebuild where necessary, reform if possible, and continue when needed on the foundations and achievements of his predecessors as the Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar. 

It is on this premise that we (The Southern Advocates) are going on record to endorse and present the man we feel is preferred for the top job of the Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar Cross River State; for your considerations, prayers and supports for the betterment of our today and tomorrow. He is none other than the blue blooded native of Henshaw Town in Calabar South Local Government of Cross River State and the enigma of science in the department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Physical Science, University of Calabar —Prof. OFFIONG, EFANGA OFFIONG. 

Eminent Prof. OFFIONG is a skilled educator with 35 years experience in Teaching, Research and Administration, he is a Professor of Inorganic and Coordination Chemistry for 18 years and still counting. He is familiar with the operation of the educational sector and well known to be resourceful, internationally exposed, well organized with excellent leadership and team building records. The university is a place where many frequently try their hands at playing politics, and attempt to impose their agenda and questionable biases on the educational system. It is worthy to note that the great University of Calabar on our land have a dismal roll call of students and staffs from southern Calabar because we have been seen as caged and tagged lazy even been hedonic so as to compromise our opportunities in this great citadel of learning.
Offiong Efanga Offiong (with a face cap) in the middle  with members of Southern Advocates

However, in contrast, Prof. Offiong's political and academic record is well known and on the table, as a clear evidence that informs our decision to pitch with him in this race for the position of the Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar Cross River State. He has shown determination through antecedents of the past to challenge our challenges; his honesty, pragmatism and hopeful insight into the University community problems and needs as well as his willingness to examine the issues and listen closely to all questions and concerns presented to him by stakeholders, sets him apart from the other candidates (with due respect to all other candidates within the Southern Senatorial District and the State at large). 

It is no news that for decades, Prof. OFFIONG has groomed, sponsored and mentored many undergraduates, graduates and post-graduates students including none academicians and several young minds, he is a supporter of responsible, solid, basic educational programs, and strong discipline in schools across the state and beyond. His impact tells positively on indigent students through scholarship awards both local and international especially during his 8 years as Commissioner for Education in the State.

Fundamentally, amongst all contestants he is a product of our immediate constituency (The Union). Prof. OFFIONG is a unionist per excellence who rose to the peak in ASUU, He was a Zonal Co-ordinator and National Vice Chairman and had a direct working relationship with the Students Union Government and Students in General as Dean of Students Affairs in the University of Calabar Cross River State. He has also served as Sub Dean and Dean Faculty of Science as it then was. Also to note, He was a member of the Governing Council of the University of Calabar. Indeed Prof. OFFIONG has covered the field, He understands the language of the struggle and with him victory will come. 

Let us as Advocates, conclude by saying that Senior Comrade Prof. OFFIONG EFANGA OFFIONG is a long time resident of the University of Calabar, he is an excellent choice for the most revered office of the Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar and truly the most qualified candidate, he is fit and proper by credentials! By capacity! By capabilities! By ranking! By academic contributions! Amongst other virtues. For Prof. OFFIONG's love for academic and human resource development knows no bounds, He would make a good Vice Chancellor if or when entrusted with the responsibility.

With total humility and true sense of purpose for total emancipation this is a clarion call for all to support the candidature of Prof. OFFIONG EFANGA OFFIONG for you can only have the best when you support the best... Victory is assured through God. Prof. we are writing today to express our support to you as a unionist per excellence and a supporter of education which is a weapon for liberation from educational and societal stagnation. We are determined to spread words to others of the value of your policies and abilities. We are hoping and praying for your success; our incoming Vice Chancellor... as Victory comes from Only God.
Aluta continua !Victoria acerta!

For and on behalf of the Southern Advocates:
1. Comrade Agbo Eta, former NYCN vice chairman CRS.
2. Comrade Ebita David, former SUG president UNICAL 
3. comrade Barr. Ayi Ekpenyong, former SUG president UNICAL
4. Comrade Ekpo Tete, former SUG president UNICAL 
5. Comrade Ekpenyong Akiba, former NACRISS Worldwide Secretary 
6. Hon. Comrade Kanu Enun, former National Youth Parliament Representative 
7. Ntunkae Comrade Nkese Ita, former Bakassi Students Association Worldwide president 
8. Comrade Clinton Omang, NYCN chairman Biase LGA
9. Comrade John Ndifon, NYCN chairman Akamkpa LGA 
10. Comrade Effangha Offiong - NYCN Chairman Calabar South LGA.
Monday 27th July 2020

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