By Amaka Abayomi & Esther Onyegbulam

THE Vice-Chancellor of  the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu, has described the Akwa Ibom State governor, Deacon Udom Emmanuel, as ‘a champion of education’ for his efforts at transforming the state’s education sector.

The VC stated this at the relocation ceremony of the NOUN Study Centre in Uyo to its permanent site at Udo Udoma Avenue, which was donated by the state government to boost activities of the institution in the state.

Declaring the centre open, the vice chancellor who was represented by the Registrar, Mr. Felix Edoka, said the purpose of the visit was to ask the Director of the Uyo Study Centre, Dr. Angela Abaa, to move into ultra modern facility donated to the varsity by the state government.

He said “I wish to seize this opportunity to express the gratitude of the varsity to the Governor, Deacon Udom Emmanuel, for this wonderful gesture. Because the varsity is particularly interested in the Uyo Study Centre, to this end, the management has decided to make this Centre the hub of its operation in the South-South region.”

Describing Udom as a large-hearted leader who is passionate about the education of his people, the Director of NOUN’s Learner Support Services (LSS), Professor Stanley Ngoa, pledged that NOUN would educate Akwa Ibom people just the way the governor wants it.

Pointing out that the facility would be utilised judiciously and optimally, Ngoa added that the choice of Uyo as NOUN’s operational hub in the South-South was informed by the fact that the state has a great potential for growth and is relatively more peaceful than any other state in the region.

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