By Endurance Onun:
The University of Calabar Post Graduate Students’ Government Senate (PGSGS) led by Sen. Elemi Alaga MORA has held the first in history parliament valedictory session where several luminaries were awarded.
To mark the bowing out of the 8th Senate and also to pave way for the yet to be elected 9th Senate, the valedictory session which was held in Transcorp Hotel, Calabar saw Sen. Elemi Alaga MORA list the achievements of the 8th Post Graduate parliament to include, amongst many others, the approval of the Appropriation Bill of the Executive Arm and Supplementary Budget; screening, consideration and approval of the proposal of the Ofem Usani Joseph led Executive to make function the Judiciary Arm of PGSG, which was the first Senate to give room to “Article XXXI: The Judiciary” to come into action.
According to the account of the Elemi Alaga led 8th Senate, 10 Senate House Committees were created to oversight the activities and or excesses of the other arms of PGSG and Students; chief amongst the ad-hoc committees were Gender Equality and Related Matters, as well as Special Abilities and Related Matters and Legislative Standing Orders which contains the workings and operation of Senators in the Hallowed Chambers.
The 8th Senate also investigated and settled issues of accommodation irregularities in PG Hostels; Paid courtesies to Dean of Students’ Affairs, UNICAL, and other notable personalities in CRS; Passed 6 Bills to include:
a. The Financial Autonomy of PGSG,
b. The Eviction of Non PG Students from PG Hostels
c. The outright removal of all irregular charges on PG Students
d. Bill to Register, Regulate and Affiliate all Associations/Sub Committees operating under PGSG, approved by the Executive
e. A Resolution to dissolve All Graduate Students Association’s Executives under PGSG whose tenure had elapsed
f. Joint session with the Executive President and Financial Secretary to inform the Senate on the State/Financial position of the Union.
vi. The Approval of the creation of 3 additional constituencies in the Senate of PGSG to formally be known as Special Constituency to only accommodate PG Students with Special Abilities like visual impairment, hearing impairment, speech impairment, etc, and two off campus constituencies to read: Calabar Municipal Off Camp Constituency, & Calabar South Off Camp Constituency.
vi. The Valedictory Session of the 8th PGSG Senate with the theme: The Role Of The Legislature In A Developing Economy Amidst The Global Pandemic.
The theme of the valedictory session; “The Role Of The Legislature In A Developing Economy Amidst The Global Pandemic”, was the keynote and the speaker was former PGSG President; Comr. Prince Agbor Onyi and wrapped on by the member representing Abi State Constituency in the Cross River State Assembly, Hon. Dr. Davies Etta.
The 8th Senate, which had following persons as principal officers; Sen. Elemi Alaga (Comr. Hon. MORA) – senator representing OffCamp Constituency as Senate President; Sen. Unyime Jonah Mfon MORA – senator representing Institute of Public Policy and Administration IPPA as Deputy Senate President; Sen. Mark Nku Ojie – senator representing Faculty of Physical Sciences as Scribe of the Senate; Sen. Mbang Edet Ibor – senator representing Faculty of Biological Sciences as Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate; Sen. Barr. Pascal Bekongfe Aboh – senator representing Faculty of Law as Leader of the Senate; Sen. Thomas Akwaji Okweche – senator representing Faculty of Environmental Sciences as Deputy Leader of the Senate was brought to an end on a high note.
Advising the soon to be 9th Senate, Sen. Elemi Alaga MORA said: “My advise to the 9th Senate is that they should build on our rights and correct our wrongs, and do everything within their constitutional rights to maintain peace in their time, and ensure that they succeed more than the 8th PGSG Senate”.
Prominent amongst many luminaries awarded are; the Vice Chancellor of UNICAL, Prof. Florence Banku Obi; Sen. Gershom Bassey, senator representing Cross River South in the Nigerian Senate; Rt. Hon Eteng Jonah Williams, Hon. Speaker, CRSHA; Prof. Austin Angba, UNICROSS Vice Chancellor; Prof. Ernest Bassey Asikong; Dr. Tony Eyang; Hon. Dr. Hon. Davies Etta; Dr. Mrs. Betta Edu and Hon. Mrs. Edith N. Amadi.