By Victor Essang
The Alumni Association of Government Secondary School, Afaha Eket, has rounded off the seventh edition of its Reunion ceremony in a grand style with the award of scholarship to the overall best graduating student of the institution.
The award and prize giving ceremony, which took place at the Assembly Hall of the school, had Master Johnny Samuel Daniel emerging the overall best graduating student of the school thereby winning N50,000 and four other awards worth N30,000 each.
Following his brilliant academic performance, Daniel was awarded scholarship of 100,000 annually to last through out his tertiary education.
Announcing the award of the scholarship, the President of the Alumni Association, Mr Aniekan Bassey Willie, said the gesture was their own way of “giving back to our community and alma mater that brought us up and moulded us into young boys and girls who grew from there to become men and women that we are today.”
Willie congratulated the overall best graduating student and other students who won various categories of awards, while charging them to be good ambassadors of the school.
The alumni president, who pledged to partner the State Secondary Education Board (SSEB) to turn things around in the school, called on the board to address the issue of land encroachment and to increase the number of teachers in the institution.
The chairman, SSEB, Dr Ekaette Ebong Okon, who was represented by the director, Monitoring and Evaluation, MrJoseph Eton, commended the Alumni Association for their passion in organising the reunion for the past seven years, describing them as unique and prayed God to bless them.
“Not many schools are fortunate to have their old students do this kind of a thing. We are really pleased with what is happening here”, the board chairman said.
She promised to increase the number of teachers in the school with additional five deployed to the institution.
While congratulating the graduands, she charged the students to learn from the alumni and remember to give back to their alma mater as they graduate.
The chairman on the occasion, Obong Owoidighe Adiakpan, anEngineer, commended the Alumni for their consistency in hosting the reunion.
Adiakpan eulogised the school, saying it has produced great men and women in the society and buttressed the need for the association to give back to the school.
The principal general of the school, Mr Eyoh Aweh, expressed happiness that the reunion of the alumni association of the school was taking place the second time in his tenure as the principal general of the school.
Aweh thanked the governor for sustaining the free and compulsory education in Akwa Ibom and appreciated the alumni for complementing the efforts of government in the promotion of education in the state.
He said the alumni has done so much in promoting the school in the areas of infrastructure, innovation, interventions and motivation of students and teachers from 2016 till date.
He however stated that the school still have some challenges begging for attention which he mentioned to include lack of perimeter fencing, lack of assembly hall, lack of perimeter fencing, which open the school to attack, lack of assembly hall, to contain the population of 4,740 students, insufficient teachers, insufficient computer, lack of modern textbooks, lack of equipment and chemicals in laboratory for practical, and lack of school bus among others.
Aweh congratulated the graduating students especially the award winners and charged them to keep the flag of the school flying wherever they may be.
High point of the event was the presentation of categories of award to deserving students and a keynote address on Your Future Careers and Challenges delivered by Dr Susan Etuk