V-C, Others Advise Sandwich Students To Sustain Cultural Day Activities By Mercy Adeniji

As part of efforts aimed at encouraging cultural diversity and understanding among students of the University, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ndowa Lale, has charged Sandwich Students to sustain their annual Cultural Week event.

Speaking during the 2018 Cultural Day organised by the University of Port Harcourt Sandwich Students' Association (UPSSA) on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Choba Park, Professor Lale expressed gratitude to the Post-NCE Students for their impressive outing. “I urge you to sustain the laudable initiative that started four years ago. From a little beginning, the Cultural Day event has become one of the biggest and memorable cultural festivals in this University. I wish to commend our Sandwich students from the various States of the federation for their maturity and innovation each year. The University community now looks forward to this boisterous celebration each year,” Professor Lale observed.

He commended the Acting Director of the Post-NCE Programme, Dr. Gospel Kpee, for scouting for students from all over the country, pledging Managements' commitment in ensuring that the hostel project initiated by the students was given priority attention.

Earlier, Dean of the Faculty of Education, Professor Tammy Orunaboka, had commended Management and staff of the Faculty for joining hands to celebrate the Sandwich students. “We are overjoyed that the Post-NCE Unit is able to host a grand Cultural Day celebration. The event helps to integrate the students into the University and give them a sense of identity.  Our aim is to produce quality teachers who can compete with their peers elsewhere,” the Dean said.

In his address, Dr. Kpee commended Management for supporting the Post-NCE programme for the past 33 years. “We thank Management for renting a first-class hostel facility for our students, giving approval for the renovation of the Post-NCE sandwich building and approving a ten per cent reduction in the school fees paid by Sandwich students,” Dr. Kpee noted. He appealed to Management to continue to support the Unit to enable it complete the abandoned hostel project, construct a befitting office structure, and assist the Unit to recover funds reportedly misappropriated by the immediate past Executive of Sandwich students.

Also speaking, President of UPSSA, Philip Nuka commended Management and staff for honouring them with their presence. “This is the fourth edition of the Cultural Day and it is our own little contribution to promoting the rich cultural diversity of Nigeria. The essence of the Cultural Day is to enhance unity among students of diverse cultures and to help us relax our minds from the stress of lecture,” the President explained.

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