The Speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey has called on key stakeholders and policy makers in the educational sector to key into science and technological development for Akwa Ibom children for favourable competition with their contemporaries in other climes.
This was the position of the Speaker while declaring open the public hearing on a bill for a law to establish Akwa Ibom State College of Science and Technology Nung Ukim, Ikono organised by House Committee on Education.
Represented by Member representing Ibesikpo Asutan State Cinstituency, Rt. Hon. Aniejan Uko, the speaker observed that It has been estimated by US government that by year 2021, robot will eliminate 60% of jobs.
He reasoned that if the United States of America has up its games in the area of Science and Technology development, then there is need for a clarion call for this part of the world to double up efforts in getting Akwa Ibom children prepared for the next coming century.
“The development should bother the Nigerian educational centre,,policy makers and other relevant stakeholders” Speaker Bassey worried.
Recalled that when the committee visited the institution, the school was in a dilapidated State, he remained hopeful with the passage the bill, the law shall be the school shall receive succour and hope restored for a full fledged science and Technology driven institution.
On his part, the chairman of the committee, Hon. Godwin Ekpo while welcoming stakeholders to the public hearing said the House deemed it necessary to invite key players in strategic education sub sectors of the State to make inputs on the proposed College of science and Technology, at Nung Ukim, Ikono Local Government Area.
He disclosed that the law shall be comprehensive and relevant to the birth and sustainability of a reputable tertiary institution driven by science and technology.
Hon. Ekpo added that the proposed College is to take over the physical structures assets, liabilities of the present Akwa Ibom State College of Arts and Scinecne in Nung Ukim, Ikono.
He assured that the new College shall produce Higher National (HND) and Ordinary National Diploma Certificates (OND) and other certificate as approved by NBTE, adding that the collage shall stand a chance to benefit from the Federal Government and State Donor Agencies.
In his contribution, the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Nse Essien enumerated the benefits of the bill when passed to include: availing Akwa Ibom children the opportunity for vocational skill acquisition, developing Science and Technology base in the State, attracting donor agencies to the Institution among other merits.
Other stakeholders who contributed to the bill were; Local Government Chairmen, Members of CLOs, Acting Provost, Akwa Ibom State college of education and others.