HANDING OVER OF SCHOOL BEAUTIFICATION PROJECTS TO STATE SECONDARY EDUCATION BOARD AND OTHER EDUCATION STAKEHOLDERS IN AKWA IBOM STATE BY AFAHA INANG COMMUNITY IN AWA AFAHA CLAN, ONNA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF AKWA IBOM STATE ON THE 17TH DAY, OF NOVEMBER, 2020.   Following the appeal by His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel that host Communities in the State should undertake clearing of the overgrown grasses due to the Covid19 Pandemic Lockdown in public schools to ensure smooth take-off of educational activities, the Afaha Inang Development Association Education Committee in Awa Clan, Onna Local Government Area, after clearing the grass and fumigating the premises, handed over two primary schools and a secondary school, Afaha Inang Secondary School, Ikot Idem Udo to education stakeholders in the State. In his speech, the Chairman of the implementation Committee, Prof. Ukana Akpabio, thanked the Education Stakeholders in the State for finding it worth the while to visit the Community to take over the Schools. He also thanked the Government for the facilities provided for these schools. He then appealed to Government to assist the schools in the Community in the repairs of the staff rooms, classrooms, provision of perimeter fencing, textbooks, teaching aids, boreholes, toilet facilities, equipment for laboratories and an Assembly Hall in Qua Iboe Church Group School, Afaha Inang, in commemoration of the Alma Mater of His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel. Also speaking the Chairman elect of Onna Local Government Area, Akparawa Elder Iniabasi Ekanem, appealed that staff quarters be provided in both primary and secondary schools in the area and for partnership with the State Secondary Education Board in development of agricultural projects in schools with large farmlands. Responding, the Chairman of the Board, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ekaette Ebong Okon lauded the good gesture exhibited by the Association. She called on other host Communities in the State to emulate the good work of the Afaha Inang Communities and assist in the clearing school environments. She observed that pupils in the primary schools and junior secondary classes are still tender in age and require assistance since the grasses are overgrown due to the long months of Lockdown of Schools. She asked Communities to see this as a Self Help Scheme. She called for cooperation with the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to make available funds to assist SSEB in the smooth implementation of the objectives and management of the Junior Secondary Schools in the State since there is no dis-articulation of the Schools for now. She noted that the structures, the students and the teachers are still under the management of SSEB on behalf of the State Government. She also intimated the Chairman Elect, that SSEB is already in Agriculture partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and promised to also partner with Onna Local Government Area when they are ready. She encouraged Parents to allow their children and wards be involved in Agricultural practices as this is the future of the State Economy emphasizing that the era of “Oil Boom is Over”. The Chairman further admonished Principals and teachers of the Schools not to exploit the Students as tools for cheap labour as anyone caught will be sanctioned. She emphasized on Agricultural practicals as part of the learning process for students. The event was also attended by Hon.(Dr.) Bernard Duncan- Board Member 1 of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) representing the Chairman. Others in attendance were the four Board Members of SSEB, Pastor (Dr.) Markfre Ekefre, Hon. Ofon Ukim, Hon. Victor I. Okon, Hon. (Barr.) Martins Umanah. Others were Obong Bassey Nkanga, Mr. Ini Akpabio (Chairman Tourism and Hotels Management Board), Mr. Ekerete Udoh (CPS to the Executive Governor), Mr. Mfon Akpabio,Hon. Tony Akpabot, Arc.Mfon Akpabio,Mr, Itoro Macualey, the Secretary Afaha Inang Development Association and a host of other important personalities.

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