Ubong Edet [29th May 2017] The Students’ Union Government (SUG), University of Calabar has inaugurated her parliamentarians. The ceremony which held at the parliamentary hall of the Students’
Union Government, Malabor was graced by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Zana Akpagu
among other management staff. Addressing the Parliamentarians and those present, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof.
Zana Akpagu who was ably represented by the
Chairman Calabar University Electoral
Commission (CUOECO), Dr. James Okpiliya charged the students to use the
opportunity given to them to contribute
their quota to build a University devoid of academic rancor through legislation aimed at creating qualitative synergy. He concluded his address by stating that his administration is ready to 'live up to
expectation' and would stop at nothing but endure students’ welfare as priority. Performing the inauguration ceremony, the
SUG President, Comrade Afufu Anthony did admonish members of the Parliament to lead with the servant heart while carrying out their duties with passion in their varied constituencies. In his words: “You cannot afford but to deliver on the mandate given by your constituents; the Executives require the support of the Legislature as well as the
Judiciary to succeed. The three arm are inter-woven". There should be complementation by all stakeholders. He continues: "…It's your duty as Parliamentarians to call the Executive to Order, while doing this, it must be in the
spirit of comradeship, love and sincerity of purpose, we must desist from the use of
the word 'NATO' in this Parliament.” Speaking further, the President reiterated that there was virtually no need for students to fight over little things when there is much out there, he enjoined the Parliament to explore every avenue within its reach to resolving her differences in
contrast to the barbaric and out-dated use of quarrels and fighting among members and most often the Executive. The Principal Officers of the Parliament include: Etta Enyi Senate President, Abigail Okon Deputy Senate President, Sumoku Wisdom Scribe, Opoh Joseph Sergeant-at-Arms. In his acceptance speech, the Senate President, Etta Enyi,
I, sincerely owe thanks to God Almighty and all those who bought into this vision from it's outset. My gratitude goes to members of the SAGACIOUS 2017 SUG Senate, who stood by me through support and to all those with differing choices; we are still together. I also pledge to work effectively, smoothly and efficiently with the School management, SUG Executives and students to facilitate oneness and for the overall improvement of students' welfare. We will work together in peace, even after the struggle that has only made us stronger and better. We have set an unprecedented and positive antecedent in the SUG Senate by the principal office elections and it's a sign of better things to come. I would avail myself and plead for the support of my brothers who contested, that we work together, pull our ideas and make the Senate great again. Congratulations to other principal officers who won and to those who conceded, we are all victors. I promise that this 'novel' Senate would be the best in recent years. There is much to be done, there is much to be achieved. Our correspondence garnered from a Senator who claimed anonymity, that the SUG President Comr. Afufu Anthony is cooking up a plan to hijack and pocket the legislature in other to project his selfish goals and push up his loyalists. His supposed crafty plans was tailored towards leading the following Senators to a place of compromise. These senators include Moses Abang Senate President from his faculty (Education), Scribe Aimar John from Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Deputy Senate President Blessing David from Faculty of Law, Sergeant-At-Arms Bartholomew Isang Faculty of Physical Sciences but they however stood their grounds to ensure the Election of credible candidates to principal offices. In their Chorus:
"..We've pledge to work with and support Comr. Etta Enyi SUG Senate led administration against all odds". Originally published in Negroidhaven.