Wednesday, 18 October 2017

THIS IS RARE, THIS IS COMMENDABLE, THIS SHOULD ELICIT MORE ACTIONS Nigerian Army officer donates classrooms, computers to school


Nigerian Army officer donates classrooms, computers to school

                         Abasifreke Effiong

Kinsley Byron Ekpenyong, an officer of the Nigerian Army had handed over a three classroom block, computer laboratory and 5KVA generator to Comprehensive Secondary School, Ikot Akpaetok/Ediam in Ibesikpo Asutan local government area.

Ekpenyong renovated the classroom block and set up the computer laboratory in response to calls by host communities and management of the school after an April windstorm blew off all blocks in the school.

At the inauguration of the project, Commissioner for Education, Pastor Paul Udofia said government was challenged by the  positive response of citizens towards the free and compulsory education policy of the State.

"The ministry of education is challenged by this gesture. It demonstrates a positive response of a very responsible citizen to challenges of providing education to our children".

Udofia said the nature of the project undertaken by Kingsley Byron Ekpenyong and its contribution to the development of education in the state has encouraged him to identify with it.

He noted that "education is the ultimate tool for change; and government will continue to encourage public spirited individuals and corporate organizations assisting the state in driving its free and compulsory education policy".

The commissioner said the ministry will give a commendation to the donor, expressed belief that the gesture will encourage others.

"The gesture by Kinsley Byron Ekpenyong will spur other people and corporate organisations to continue to support the free and compulsory education of the State government".

Udofia noted that the free and compulsory education was on going and called on parents to report principals and teachers who impose levies on their children.

"Let me state clearly that government will sanction head teachers and principals who impose levies on students. I call on members of the public to report any head teacher and principal who indulges in this to my office", Udofia added.

The Acting Chairman State Secondary Education Board Mike Akpan, said Kingsley Byron was a good product of the school.

Akpan called on alumni to make contributions to education through their respective alma mater.

The chairman, Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area, Barrister Ukana Udofia describes Kingsley Byron's gesture as wonderful.

"Today we've seen the wonderful work of our brother who choose not to put up this structure to his own glory but for society and glory of God".

Udofia called on the people of Ibesikpo Asutan to strive to create little positive impacts that will stand as legacies in their remembrance.

He thanked teachers and students of the school for their understanding and patience with government since the windstorm sacked the school.

"I thank teachers of this school for their patience with government. Government is aware of the hazards here, soon you will see the manifestation of government policies".

In his remarks, Paramount Ruler of Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area, Edidem Clement Ekpenyong said the traditional institution was pleased at the spirit of community service demonstrated by Kingsley Byron.

Edidem Ekpenyong and representatives of Ikot Akpaetok and Ediam, the school's host communities wished Kingsley Byron long life and success in his career in the army.

In her address, Principal of the benefiting school, Mrs. Rose Ekwere Williams said Kingsley Byron Ekpenyong has demonstrated that he has interest of the less privileged children at heart.

"Kingsley Byron Ekpenyong is a man who has interest for the less privileged children; a man who believes that among the less privileged class, there are great stars that need to be nurtured in a better learning environment".

Mrs. Williams said Comprehensive Secondary School Ikot Akpaetok/Ediam founded in 1979 "through the years, infrastructure kept dilapidating gradually".

She noted that when "windstorm blew off the whole school block comprising principal's office, library, classrooms, staff room and other offices, we sought intervention from many quarters. Students and staff were stranded".

The principal particularly noted that the donation of a computer laboratory to the school was timely in this era of computer based tests.

Mrs. Williams said the school decided to name the block after Kingley Byron in appreciation of his kindness, called on government to rebuild classrooms and administrative blocks, provide library, laboratories and perimeter fence in the school.

In his remarks, Mr. Kinsley Byron Ekpenyong said his contribution was a thank you to the school that made him, and a token of support to quality education and state government's free and compulsory education policy.

"This school made me what I am today. I did this because of the love I have for the school and the community. I know government is busy doing other things so I had to assist the government so that quality of education can improve".

Ekpenyong called on Nigerians to support government to improve quality of infrastructure in public schools.

At the occasion, Kingsley Byron Ekpenyong received three awards for outstanding contributions to educational development from Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Council, Ibesikpo Asutan Traditional Rulers Council and Students of Comprehensive Secondary School, Ikot Akpaetok/Ediam.

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