COLLEGE OF EDUCATION MARKS STUDENTS WEEK

All work and no play, they say, makes Jack a dull boy. So it was when the entire students of the College of Education, Agbor in Ika South Local Government Area held their Students Week. The celebration began on Monday July 20, 2009 with the degree students of the college, while the National Certificate of Education, NCE, students also held their week, beginning from Wednesday July 22, 2009.

Speaking on an interactive session with Ika Weekly, the President, Students Union Government SUG, Comrade Orunwa Samuel of the Department of Economics and Computer Science, 300 Level, said that the Students Week is a week-long event which gives the students of the college the opportunity to showcase their different cultural background on campus, and to engage in some healthy recreational activities that will enhance mutual friendliness and engender peace and unity among all the students of the school. "The students week is an annual event that is celebrated by the college. It is a period when students are allowed to take time off their academic pursuit. In other words, it is a week when lecturers are supposed to suspend all academic activities and no scheduled examination or lecture may hold, unless if properly planned with the students. We are allowed to interact with one another on social grounds. We invite some resource persons, including lecturers and other distinguished personalities to speak to the students on key issues bothering the students. It is a week when we also invite some talents in the entertainment industry, to come and entertain the students," Com. Orunwa explained. He said that notable comedians and entertainers were invited this year to display their natural gifts before the students. This was confirmed on Thursday, July 23, 2009, when the likes of Pecky Saint, MC, Napoleon, Zikky G, and Rolex G stormed the campus to thrill the students with what they know how to do best. He urged the students not to use the opportunity to travel out of the school environment, as some of them were fond of but rather, to stay around and join in the weeklong fun filled event.

Also speaking, the Dean of Students Affairs of the college, Mr. D.M. Uduh, said that a lot of activities were lined up for the 2009 Students Week, and that it is a moment for all the students to break the boredom associated with academic activities and to experience some level of recreational life, which will in turn, enhance their productivity. He advised the students to use the opportunity to engage in meaningful social life, and not to hibernate, which would eventually lure them into other vices.

Some of the events that featured during the week include Students Rag Day, which took place on Friday, July 24, 2009, paper presentation on different topics that focused on students life and activities in the school, and cultural displays by the students in their different ethnic outfits. Miss Campus 2009 was also part of the event that took place during the week, in which Miss Oshiegbu Ngozi Bendicta, a 200 Level NCE Student of English and Social Studies was crowned the 2009 Miss Campus. A knockout Provost Cup Football Competition was also played by the students; in which the School of Sciences came third, after beating their counterpart, School of Vocational Studies 2-1. The School of Social Sciences came second when they lost 1-2 to the School of Languages in the final football match.

Some of those who made the weeklong event a success with their presence include Chief Emmanuel Tibi PhD, the College Provost, Mr. F.A. Anene Boyle, Deputy Provost of the school, who also was the Chairman of the occasion. The Special Guest of Honour, Chief Dennis Araro, President, Nigeria Union of Road Transport Workers Ika South Chapter, was also the Chief Launcher. All Financial institutions in Ika community also lent their support to the success of the event.

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