By Uchino Amatey, Ikom
The Executive Chairman, Cross River State Universal Basic Education Board (CR-SUBEB), Dr Stephen Odey has presented a 50,000 naira cash reward to Odidi Anita Nkpa, a primary 5 Pupil of St Thomas’s RCM Primary School, Edor- Ikom LGA, in recognition of her outstanding performance at the recent commissioning of a 9 classroom block with Library, Lavatories and Offices.
The Board Chairman who was visibly impressed with her presentation, stated that the reward will serve as an encouragement to Anita and other pupils of the school to choose hard work and dedication over laziness. He added that all hands must be on deck to provide the necessary support for her to excel.
“The Education Secretary and the Head teacher should monitor her progress, try to give her all the necessary support so that we can collectively send her to the best schools in Cross River State. She is going to make this State proud. Thank God the governor is preparing to commission the British-Canadian International School, we hope that this girl will be one of the students,” he said.
Commending the Head teacher and Staff of St Thomas’s RCM primary school, Dr Odey said “from what I have witnessed here, we need more teachers like you who are alive to their responsibilities in all our schools.”
While stating that the success and progress recorded in any community is by the number of educated people they have. Dr Odey appealed to parents not to relent in providing education for their children.
According to him, “The population of this school is very encouraging, I must thank parents within this locality that have taken delight in sending their children to school. That is the best thing you can do for your children, education is key. I stand here to talk to you in the capacity of the Executive Chairman because of education, without education I will not be on that seat. I am appealing to all parents to send their children to school, spend the money you have to give them the best education. My parents are farmers but I am able to get this far in life because they encouraged me to go to school. I encourage all parents to do the same and you will not regret it,” he emphasized.
The Executive Secretary, Ikom, Local Government Education Authority (LGEA), Mrs Caroline Okongor extended gratitude to the Board Chairman for his generosity. She said the gesture will motivate other pupils to strive for excellence.
Describing him as a pragmatic leader, Mrs Okongor, commended the Board Chairman on his laudable achievements in the basic education sector and further appealed to him to do more in terms of infrastructural development and increase staff strength in schools.
The cash reward was as a result of Anita Nkpa’s confidence and fluency while presenting a welcome address on behalf of the school’s Head teacher.
The beneficiary, Anita Nkpa, thanked the Board Chairman for the cash reward and the newly commissioned class room block. She added that she will remain dedicated to her studies to justify the confidence reposed in her.
Anita Nkpa was also awarded with a 1 year scholarship, by the Executive Secretary, Ikom LGEA.
You will recall that the Board Chairman recently awarded a 3 year scholarship to Ijato Godsgift, a JSS 1 student of Yache Community Secondary School, for his outstanding performance during the commissioning of a 9- class room block in Yache Community Secondary School, Yala LGA.
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