Years back, education was very far from us – Principal, Ogidigben Grammar School
Kokodiagbene Secondary School went home with N30,000
Known for his philanthropic prowess, Comrade Sheriff Mulade, a Delta State House of Assembly hopeful has again stated that the reason for his annual Peace and Unity Essay/Quiz Competitions for secondary school students in the riverine communities is aimed at boosting education in the area so as to favourably compete with other schools in the cities.
Mulade stated this yesterday at Ogidigben in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State.
In his words; “The essence of this programme is for me to encourage and inspire our students in the riverine communities as most of us in these areas are victims of the lack of education. You will agree with me that some years back, education was very far from us.
Announcing the winners of this year’s edition, Comre. Mulade pointed out that the competition was in two different categories, Essay and Quiz for the Junior Secondary and Senior Secondary 1 to 3 respectively among seven schools in Warri South West Local Government Area, while emphasis will be placed on the following subjects; English Language, Mathematics, Religious Knowledge, Basic Science and General Papers.
The schools according to him are;Gbaraun Grammar School, Oporoza; Okerenkoko Secondary School, Okerenkoko; Kokodiagbene Secondary School, Kokodiagbene; Ogbe-Ijoh Secondary School, Ogbe-Ijoh; Ogidigben Grammar School, Ogidigben; Naifo Island Secondary School, Sandfill II and St. Cletus Secondary School, Sandfill II.
Giving details, the Comrade turned politician stressed that in the quiz category, Kokodiagbene Secondary School emerged the 1st position thereby winning the curveted sum of N30,000 while Gbaraun Grammar school and St. Cletus Secondary School emerged in the 2nd and 3rd position, winning N20,000 and N10,000 prizes, respectively.
The Essay competition according to him, saw Ogidigben Grammar School, Naifo Island Secondary School and Ogbe-Ijoh Grammar School coming in 1st, 2nd and 3rd position thereby carting away N50,000, N30,000 and N20,000 respectively.
Comr. Sheriff, therefore, called on the government to find ways of motivating the teachers with enabling infrastructures like affordable transport and accommodation emphasizing the fact that quality education would reduce conflicts in the region.
On his part, the Honourable Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chiebu Ebie, ably represented by the Chief Inspector of Education in Warri South West, Mrs Okerie Christiana, praised the sponsor for the initiative as she admonished participants to tap into the opportunities and to not see it as a do or die affair.
In the same vein, the Principal of Ogidigben Grammar School, Dr Joseph Onojafe, urged others illoustrous sons and daughters of the kingdom to emulate Comrade Sheriff virtues.
Present at the quiz and essay competition are; Comr. Sheriff Mulade; Mrs Okerie Christiana, Chief Inspector of Education (CIE), Warri South West; Mr. Ariwojo Eze, CIE, Ndokwa East; Mr. Lynniente Ekiseowei, Deputy to CIE, Warri South West; Dr. Joseph Onojafe, Principal of Ogidigben Grammar School; Mrs Deinfegha Linda, Mr. Stephen Ohurhu among others.
By Abai Francis
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