Corps member who used carpentry skills to construct desks for over 80 pupils in Cross River commissions project
Corper Stephen Teru working tirelessly to produce desks and tables for pupils of St. Georges Primary school and community Secondary school, Old Netim Akamkpa
A member of the National Youth Service Corps, Moses Stephen Teru, on Thursday handed over classroom facilities to his host community in Akamkpa Local Government Area of Cross River.
Teru who used the little resources available coupled with his skill to produce desks, tables, benches and shelves for the comfort of over 80 pupils in two public schools, St. Georges Primary school and community Secondary school, Old Netim Akamkpa.
The corps member, a graduate of Zoology from the University of Jos, got a lot of praises for his philanthropy by meeting the need of the moment.
He told VANGUARD he got massive support from the host community to execute the project.
“I actually didn’t need much money. The community has abundant forest reserve. Trees good for timber. So, they sponsored the sawing while I took over from there.”
At the commissioning ceremony of the project on Thursday, The State Coordinator, NYSC Cross River state, Mr. Eddy Megwa, The Clan Head of Old Netim who was represented by NtufamRaphael Mbe, The Head Teacher of St. Georges Primary school, Old Netim, Chief Cletus Ibuni, was present as well as other officials of the NYSC.
“We appreciate the activities of this corper for this project,” said the NYSC state coordinator, adding that, “In the production of this kind of work, there is no government that can pay him. So, NYSC family, NYSC Cross River is proud, and he (Stephen Teru) is a distinguished corps member that we are very proud of.”
State Coordinator NYSC CRS Mr Eddy Megwa inaugurating the projects at Community Secondary school, Old Netim, Akamkpa LGA on Thursday
In his remarks, the Clan Head who spoke through his representative, Ntufam Raphael Mbe said: “We thank God for using him (Stephen Teru) to bless this community with this timely gift that has really been a relief to our pupils who are the future leaders of tomorrow.”
While commenting on the devastating state of development in the community, the community leader urged both the state and federal governments to come to their aid as the community schools still lack some basic amenities in terms of toilet facilities, road networks and conducive learning environment.”
The Head Teacher of St. Georges Primary school, Old Netim, Chief Cletus Ibuni, commended the corps member for his selfless service.
“Corper Teru actually walked into my office and requested for my permission to allow him go round the classes to identify the basis needs of the pupils. While taking tour through the classes, he discovered that there were no seats for the pupils who were on the bare floor studying; most of the time, you would see the pupils going home very dirty as a result of seating on the floor to take lessons. This he (Stephen Teru) saw and provided solution to the problem at stake. I am very proud of him, and I pray he finds favour everywhere he goes from henceforth. Amen,” he said.
Malailan trees were fallen and planned for the production of furniture
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, the PRO NYSC Cross River state, Abdullahi Yuguda said, “we appreciate him for this project and we say the Lord will solve all his problems as he has solved the problems of these three communities. We are very grateful.”
The NYSC Zonal Inspector expressed satisfaction with Mr. Moses Stephen Teru’s service year, saying he has performed “excellently well” in the core components of the scheme, including orientation course, place of primary assignment and community development service.
While commenting on his feat, Teru said: “It’s just an answer to service. We were trained to come in wherever we are posted to identify problems, challenges, and to see how we can be able to solve the identified problems.”
He added: “That of this school is very glaring when I came in, and I made a list of things that are needed by the pupils. So, this is the one my hands can reach based on the fact that have the skills and that the community has resources that are good to help me provide this wonderful project for them.”
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