The Old Students Association of Government Technical College, Ikot Ada Idem has appealed to Akwa Ibom State Government to consider reopening the Technical College and returning it back as it was.
The appeal was made on Saturday during the Easter Reunion of the association at Monty Suite and Hotels, Uyo. The reunion was organised to bring different sets of the old students of the college from various works of life to chat a way forward towards the reopening of the college.
Speaking at the Easter Reunion, the President of the association, Engr. Ukeme Okpob emphasized that the cardinal reason for the association is to reconnect the old students of the college and to use the platform to appeal to government to reopen the technical college.
“For some of us who have not seen our colleagues for twenty years after school, today opportunity has come for us to see ourselves. The association will serve as a platform for members to interact and assist one another to grow better in the society”.
Engr. Okpob stressed that the reunion has offered an ample opportunity for members to meet and interact with their Colleagues several years after secondary school.
He explained that the association was birth in December, 2019 at Christmas village, Uyo with Mr Oto-Obong Akpan as the convener of the meeting and was reconvened in 2020 where he was Elected as the President of the association. He noted that with the adoption of the bye laws of the association, the association will be properly registered with the Cooperate Affairs Commission (CAC).
He appreciated all the members for their cooperation and for finding out time to come out and interact with their old Colleagues, assuring that the current executive will work towards the reopening of the school.
On his part, the former physics teacher and Compound master of the college, Mr Nsa Effiong Nsa decried the closing down of College despite the role the College played in the training of students, saying that the closing down of the college has deprived the people of the area from getting technical education.
He lamented on the low facilities in Government Technical Colleges in the state, noting that the closing down of Government Technical College, Ikot Ada Idem has contributed to persistent crises in Government Technical College, Ewet Offot, Uyo due to over population.
“If you enter any Government Technical College today, there is no workshop. But while we were at Government Technical College, Ikot Ada Idem we had a good workshop. Government Technical Colleges like Ewet Offot has no functional workshop and good class room block, but yet they have more than 3 thousand students. So it is sad”. He lamented.
He charged the executive of the association to write to Akwa Ibom State Government to see how possible the Technical College can be reopened and assured to stand firm with the association towards ensuring that the College is reopened.
Also speaking, a Marine Surveyor and old student of the College, Mr Eyo James commended on the effort of the executive and appreciated the old students for coming out. He maintained that no industry including Ibom Deep Sea Port can function well without a good Technical School in the state to train students. He appealed to the State Government to consider reopening of Governmt Technical College, Ikot Ada Idem and to equip Technical Colleges with modern facilities.
Others who spoke at the reunion commended on the efforts of the executive and appealed to every member to show concern and support the executive towards appealing to government to consider reopening of the college. High point of the event was the signing of the association bye laws by the President of the association, formal introduction of members and interactive session among members.