Your Alma Mater Needs Urgent Attention, PDP Publicity Secretary Tells Prominent Nigerians
Akwa Ibom State PDP Publicity Secretary Barrister Ini Ememobong has challenged prominent Nigerians to return to the secondary schools that produced them and change the dwindling fortunes of such institutions.
He lamented the level of decay in many public secondary schools across the country, saying that if the products of the schools have been paying enough attention and contributed their quotas to the development of the school learning output would be tolerable.
The lawyer who made the charge during his visit to St Mary’s Science College (SMASCO), Ediene-Abak, Abak, his Alma Mater used the occasion to make a cash donation for the completion of the School’s Chapel, seats for staff room, gifts items to the former principals and teachers among others.
Leading his year 2000 set for a re-union meeting and a share of fellowship with the current students of the college, Ememobong used the occasion to charge the students to strive for excellence in their academic pursuit.
His words: “All you need is to be the best here in school and whatever you lay hands on, just be great at it. As you wear the uniform, live a life that you would be proud of to come back here and stand to encourage students who will be sitting where you are today because we want to start a culture or tradition where former students of this college return after so many years to encourage current students to remain the best in their academic pursuit.”
Dressed in the school uniform, the former senior prefect of the school said his golden ‘set of 2000’ were proud to be products of the school, stressing that they can never be bigger than the uniform, which, according to him, moulded them into who they are today.
“Why are we wearing this uniform with you? It is because this uniform made us and we will never grow bigger than this uniform and the college. So you are wearing the uniform that will make you, so make the best out of this opportunity,” he said.
Admonishing those who must have failed in one subject or class, he said: “Poor performance in St Mary’s Science College is not a thing of shame but a challenge because the standard of academic activities in the school is comparable to what is obtained in other colleges. Failure in the college is a distinction in other colleges, hence the need to be resolute, focused and serious in the academic learning because the failure may turn out to be the definitive point in your life.”
Ememobong used the occasion to thank Mr. Chrysanctus Asuka, the former Principal of the school and other teachers who taught tutored the set during their stay in the school.
He emphasised that the heights and successes recorded so far in life have attested to the quality of discipline and knowledge inculcated in them by the team and appreciated the current management of the college for maintaining the high standard of education in the college.
The old student pledged the support of his classmates to continue to contribute their quota in making the college a reference point for academic excellence in the state.
By Idongesit Ashameri