Friday, the 1st November 2019 was the seventh heaven for the corps members who served at the Community Secondary School, Umuhali in Ishielu LGA of the state as the students and PTA honored the 8 corps members for their excellent performance during their service period.
The occasion which started with the National Anthem was attended by the principal, tutors, the chairman and member of the P.T.An of the school, among others.
The principal, Mrs. Louiza Aja, ably represented by the Vice Principal Academics, Mr. Odo M.C. noted with joy the high level of performance and commitment exhibited by the outgoing Corps Members.
Mrs. Aja also said that the outgoing corps members have laid a solid foundation in the school, and have left indelible achievements in the area, adding that school shall ever remember them both in prayers and in every good thought to make them excel in their endeavors in the society, she charged the corps members to remain good ambassadors of the school where ever they are in the larger society and to always exhibit such good etiquette shown in the school anywhere in the society.
She further said that even some of the corps members lost their belongings to hoodlums in the course of their service year, yet, they were not distracted from putting in virile work in the area.
He lamented that one of the school’s apartments had since been blown off by rainstorms and efforts through the P.T.A, UBEB & SEB to come to their rescue failed and this he said has hindered in no small measure the academic progress in the school.
Mrs. Aja then appealed to the appropriate government education authorities to come to their aid.
She finally thanked the outgoing corpers for setting a pace for others to emulate, in spite of all odds, and even as they were not provided with basic need as corps members, they performed wonderfully well.
Also speaking on the occasion with the press, the Vice Principal Special Duties, Mr. Oda Ignatius, who was full of joy said that the day called for celebration due to the excellent and wonderful youth corps members who had served and passed out.
He also remarked that some of them lost their certificates to hoodlums, but did not lose hope.
He further stated that due to their high level of performance, the Corps members Liaison Officer, Mr. Femi was given a chieftaincy title by the students of the school, and through Mr. Femi, the press club was established in the school.
He wished them well in their journey into the larger society. He also noted with dismay, the dilapidated status of some of the school’s blocks which roof were blown off and the ceilings collapsed.
He called on the government to come to their aid, adding that the principal, Mrs. Aja L. was a God sent and has been relentless in her effort to turn the school around academically and otherwise.
He said that the difference has been clear since the principal assumed duty and that the students’ performance within and outside the area has been excellent.
Also, the PTA Chairman, Hon. Matthew Nwanga thanked the corps members for making the school and the students proud noted that the school has risen to an enviable height academically due to the managerial acumen of the principal, Mrs. Louza Aja and the contribution of the outgoing corps members.
He said that the parents would always appreciate positive changes and commended them for their developmental strides socially in the school, adding that the lives of the students have changed positively.
He further noted that even the academic was excellent and their WAEC results were always excellent and the students are disciplined.
He said that he would not have allowed the corps members to go, but since it was a criterion for academic completion due to their performance, they have no option.
He advised the students to imbibe the positive attitude imparted in them and never to deviate, so as to keep the good fruits of their labour in future.
In his speech, the Chairman of the Ezza Umuhuali Development Union Caretaker Committee, Hon. Godwin Nwanga who thanked the principal, the school authority for rewarding the corps members for the positive and qualitative services to the school, urged the students to remain agents of socialization at all times so as to fit in the society.
He also thanked the corps members for being agents of positive change and appealed to them to give positive impression about the community Umuhuali in their respective areas.
Each of the corps members received material gifts and an undisclosed amount of money from the school authority and the students.
Highlights were dances, drama, riddles and jokes, newscasting by press club.
In response on behalf of the corps members, the CLO, Mr. Femi who thanked the school and the students for honoring them, assured that they would always give a good image of the community and thanked the organizers for their kindness to them.
He said they were not even happy leaving the school, which has become a part of them, but with the hope that their legacies would always speak for them.
He described the principal of the school, Mrs. Aja as a woman good heart and attributed their little performance to the support of the principal, tutors and the students adding that the students if continued with the new impact in them would get to a great height in their academic endeavor.