* Comrade Ememobong & his former teachers at the occasion
Comrade Ini Ememobong, Publicity Secretary of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), has charged wealthy Nigerians to remember to reward the labour of love of their teachers at various stages of their educational development.
Ememobong said no human could sincerely lay claim to a successful future without the bold imprint of the teachers they passed through from childhood to adolescence and even into adulthood.
In a night of songs to celebrate his 25 teachers from the Departments of Linguistics, History and Law of the University of Uyo at Ibom Hotels and Golf Resort recently, Ememobong acknowledged that he might not have become whatever he is today if his teachers had given up on him.
He said he personally felt the reality of the impact of teachers in the three departments he travelled through at the tertiary institution level, hence his decision to create time to remember and encourage such teachers.
Those Mr. Ememobong celebrated include Prof. Enefiok Essien (the university’s Vice Chancellor), Prof. Enoabasi Urua, Prof. Imelda Udo, Prof. Abia, Dr. Escor Udosen, Dr. Ubong Umoh, Dr. Anietie Inyang, Dr. Dominic Akpan, Dr. Ekong Demson, Dr. Ekah, and Dr. Udofa.
Others are Barr Godwill Umoh, Barr Ekwere, Dr. Amanim Akpabio, Dr. Dorothy Umoatan, Dr Eyak Ntekim, Dr. Aniedi Ikpang, Dr. Uwem Udok, Dr. Idorenyin Eyo, Dr. Mojisola Esenyi, Dr. Imo Udofa, Barr Nkokom, Barr. Inyang and Dr. Willie Willie.
“I am eternally indebted to all the lecturers who taught me from Department of Linguistics to the Faculty of Law and the Department of History and International Studies. Without them, there would not be this for me. My prayer is that God should continue to preserve and protect them,” Ememobong wrote on his Facebook timeline on June 7.
Addressing the occasion, the former Director, Centre for Gender Studies, and former Head of Department of Linguistics, Professor Enoabasi Urua, considered the idea of hosting former teachers as a rare and an ingenious act she has never heard of.
She, therefore, encouraged students to consider former teachers as those who contributed to moulding their personalities and strive to encourage teachers to do more for future generations by celebrating them.
Reacting to the post-event picture on Facebook, she wrote, “I am still trying to recover from last night’s ‘Celebrating my teachers’ fête! This kind of thing I never see oh! God bless you my comrade, my son, friend and your descendants forever, Amen!”
Prof Enefiok Essien, the Vice Chancellor, who was unavoidably absent, on a phone call applauded Ememobong for his ingenious initiative and expressed optimism that students would emulate such to encourage their teachers.
Barr. Goddy Umoh, another lecturer who spoke on the occasion said, “Ini is once again in his usual act of looking for some uncommon ways of doing extraordinary good.”
Others who spoke including Dr. Amanim Akpabio, Dr. Willie Willie and Dr. Escor Udosen, among others, expressed pleasant surprises and offered words of prayers for their host.
The lecturers noted that in an attempt to correct the students, most of whom are entrusted into their care at critical teenage ages, very many may have misunderstood the teachers’ unique roles in their lives, and considered certain correctional measures to be hatred or punishment.
The lecturers, therefore, applauded Ememobong, who was a onetime President, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) for handing down a valuable lesson that might help to readjust the mindset of students and former students about their teachers.
Speaking on behalf of the family, father to the former student, himself an American trained Psychologist, Mkpisong Ememobong Essien, who was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Rosemary Essien, commended the teachers for being co-parents to his son during the years he entrusted him into their care.
Essien applauded his son Ini and wife Sandra-Emejuiwe Ememobong who both shared common teachers as former students of the Faculty of Law, for introducing an extraordinary gesture which if widely adopted might restore a huge sense of worth to teachers at all levels.
Highpoint of the occasion was a treat to meals, music and presentation of gifts by the host to his former teachers.
* Source: INDEPENDENT