By Hanson Uko
The Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic Chapter, Comrade Etteyen Uko, has reiterated the commitment of the Union to partner with Daniel Evans Community Service Projects (DECSP) and Community Reorientation and Educational Advancement Organization (CREAO).
The Union leader made the disclosure, Wednesday, during a courtesy visit to ASUP new executive, by both organizations led by the initiator and Executive Director, Mr Daniel Eshett, at the Union’s Secretariat.
Comrade Uko, who described Eshett as a man of integrity expressed the Union’s readiness to work effectively with both organizations, noting that his administration was against all the social vices listed on the informational materials the organizations stood for.
His words: “As far as it is something that concerns ethical and moral values, we are going to partner with you. This Exco that you have seen, I am not trying to praise ourselves; but so far, no crime or whatever has been recorded against us. So, we are going to keep to that.”
Comrade Uko, while expressing satisfaction at the visit, stated that one major drive of his administration was focused on the welfare of the academic Staff in which he was part of, adding that the recent achievement of payment of Staff arrears and allowances, and halting the process of Staff demotions were efforts directed at protecting the overall interest of the Staff and maintaining harmony.
He urged the organizations to look into sensitizing the polytechnic community on ill practices, where students induced lecturers with money for high grades, adding that the Union was ready to partner with the organizations to further the cause.
He thanked the initiator for having the wisdom to establish organizations of such.
Responding for both organizations, Mr. Daniel Eshett, thanked the chairman and his executive for making out time for the visit, noting that community service was paramount to Staff career and academics.
While extending an automatic open arms of partnership to the chairman and all the new Exco of the Union, Eshett, expressed optimism that the chairman’s ascension to the office was a blessing to the polytechnic.
Also speaking, the Secretary of the Union, Comrade Aniekan James, thanked God for the gathering and the organizations for offering to identify with the union. He thanked the Chairman for partnering with the organizations, adding that with the beliefs and effort of the new executive, the partnering organizations had nothing to regret.
High point of the visit was presentation of Ethical and Moral flag and informational materials of the organizations and COVID-19 sensitization material to the Union.
The visit was well attended by other executive of ASUP, as well as DECSP and CREAO partners, Mr. Inemesit Umoren and Mr. Edet Abia.