The former Dean of Students, University of Uyo and APC chieftain, Prof. Etok Ekanem has commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for the recall and reinstatement of the expelled final year student of the Akwa Ibom State University, AKSU, Mr. Iniobong Isang Ekpo, describing the decision of the Senate to expel the student as draconian.
Prof. Ekanem noted that Governor Emmanuel acted promptly as the Visitor of the University and as a father.
Ekanem who disclosed this on his Facebook page in the early hours of Sunday, said he was personally delighted by the prompt positive response of the Governor to the public outcry over the matter.
For the authorities and managers of the Akwa Ibom State University, the University don said the decision of the Senate to expel the student on an allegation of a simple “offence” of defamation of the Governor, “was obviously too high-handed, draconian and extremely extreme , for the offence in question.
“The decision of the University to impose this kind of maximum punishment on the student , in the final year of his Bachelor of Engineering Programme, for an alleged mere offence of defamation, clearly appears to indicate that the University Senate was very insensitive and totally unmindful of the implications of her decision on the student and his future, his parents and family as well as the society at large.
The decision of the Akwa Ibom State University to expel this student in the final year of his Bachelor’s Programme, on the allegation of defamation, was extremely uncompassionate and way too irrational.
“It was an attempt to kill a fly with a sledge hammer. For me, an official University caution , reprimand or at the most, a warning , would have been a sufficient deal and measure to correct the student.”
The former Dean of Students said the action of the Senate has cast a harsh shadow on the school which he said may seriously weaken the students’ disciplinary authority of the Institution.
He advised the Institution not to be discouraged but take charge while calling on the reinstated student to send an appreciation letter to the Governor as well as apologize to the management of AKSU.