The Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Aniekan Umanah, has described networking in public and private sector as vital for the sharing of knowledge, ideas and data towards increased productivity and high performance.
The Information Commissioner, made this known recently at the University of Uyo, town campus, during the inter-university joint students’ seminar organized by the department of History and International Relations of the University in conjunction with the department of History and International Studies, Abia state university, Uturu.
Mr. Aniekan Umanah said, it was based on this realization, that, the present government of Governor Udom Emmanuel sponsored youths in the state for study tour in oversea countries in such sectors like ICT and Agriculture for cross fertilization of knowledge and innovative ideas for high yields and performance.
Represented at the occasion by a deputy director in the Ministry of Information and Communications, Mrs. Grace Akpan, the Information Boss congratulated the conveners of the summit, which he said will develop healthy academic networking amongst the students for intellectual development geared at higher performance.
He acknowledged the lined-up of activities for the one-day students’ academic convocation and advised the youths as future leaders to shun vices capable of marring their academic pursuits and future like cultism, robbery, thugery etc, but to reverence God as source of their lives, respect instituted authorities and abide by stipulated laws and regulations for direction and guidance.
In her welcome address, the head of department of the History and International Relations, University of Uyo, Prof. Eno Blankson Ikpe, said, the programme was borne out of the necessity to open an avenue for students of History and International Relations of the two universities and by extension, Ritman University to interact, establish relationships and motivate each other.
Prof. Eno Ikpe said, the exercise will also enable the students to use the intellectual discourse to contribute to problem solving in the field of History and International Relations as well as in the prevailing issue in the country and the globe at large, that of insecurity and crime.
Also speaking, the representative of the vice chancellor of Abia State University, Uturu, Prof. O.O. Okereke, congratulated the head of department of History and International Relations, University of Uyo, Prof. Eno Ikpe for the initiative, the first in the annals of the history department and expressed the optimism that, the academic summit will grow to become a national exercise for the benefit of all history students nation-wide.
The one-day seminar featured a keynote address by a senior lecturer in History department, University of Uyo, Dr. Dominic Akpan, debate on “Ways of combating crimes and enhancing security in Nigeria” as well as quiz competition on themes in History, International Relations and International Studies, among others.
Present at the occasion were lectures and students from the department of history from the three universities – University of Uyo, Abia State University Uturu and Ritman University.