Gov Udom’s Media Aide, Others Chide Okobo Students Against Social Vices
All the huge investments of the Akwa Ibom state government in ensuring availability of free, qualitative and compulsory education, will translate to futility except the youth are ready to take their academic pursuit seriously.
The Special Assistant to the Governor of the State on Media, Mr. Essien Ndueso, in a goodwill message at a special Easter treat for school children in Okobo, maintained that despite the challenging economic situation in the country, the Governor has been relentless in pumping billions of Naira into education because of his desire that every Akwa Ibom child must have unimpeded access.
“The Governor believes that Education is the bedrock in development, he is paying 600 million naira annually for WAEC in all students in public secondary schools in Akwa Ibom, schools are being renovated and workers, including teachers salaries are paid on time, and all these are to ensure you are offered free education,” Mr. Ndueso said.
He said their dreams to be successful professionals in future can only be realised if they take their studies seriously and eschew all forms of social vices such has cultism, truancy, and other juvenile delinquencies which can only lead to dropouts.
The Governor’s media aide commended Ralph Anwanakak who is the Special Assistant to the governor on Projects Monitoring, for organising the Easter fiesta for the Okobo school children.
Setting the tone, the host, Mr Awanakak said his gesture was to reciprocate the commitment of the governor in educational development and to encourage the school children to rise to the faith of their greatness.
Mr. Raphael Awanakak urged the them to be of good conduct and face their studies with utmost seriousness.
The chairman of Okobo Local Government, Rt. Hon Ubuo Ubuo commended the organizers of the event, saying that the concert has brought in youths and elders from across board of Okobo local government area to congregate the event.
He added that the event will also help access the state of the education system in the Local Government area urging the students to place premium on their studies and shun truancy.
“If you sit down and perform better it will be of great benefit to you, concentrate so you can be good ambassadors of yourself, your schools and the Local Government Area, we will be very proud of you when you go out and compete very well with students from other parts of the state.”
Mr. Ubuo concluded that if change must begin with us , we have to take responsibilities because the future in our hands, noting that Okobo is known and associated for results and good deeds.
Goodwill messages were also received from the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Marketing and Brand Management, Mr. Sam Edoho, and his counterpart in the Education Monitoring, Mrs Idongesit Etiebiet, as well as that of Projects Monitoring, Mr. Joseph Bassey.
Highlights of the event were debates, dancing competition, cultural dances and presentation of school items to the students.