By CrossRiverWatch Admin
Residents of Eniong clan in Odukpani local government area of southern Cross River State on Thursday called on the state government to expedite action on the renovation of Atan Onoyom Secondary School which was ravaged by a storm on March 1, 2018.
The market was also ravaged by the storm while the Primary School which was commissioned, is yet to be completed a statement from the Government quotes the village head as saying.
And, the Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Asuquo Ekpenyong Jr. who hails from the community, his counterpart in the education ministry, Mr. Goddy Ettah and the Director General of the Bureau for Public Private Partnership, Mr. Udiba Udiba who attended the same institution almost 40 years ago, visited the school.
The trio had joined the students for the morning assembly, and Mr. Ettah while addressing the students admonished them to stay in school and work hard as only “prepared youths are the leaders of the future.”
He said the visit was meant to take a stock of all that had been destroyed and promised that the Governor, Senator Ben Ayade who is passionate about education will act on the matter swiftly.
For Mr. Ekpenyong Jr. the visit of the delegation just two weeks after the incidence showed that they really cared.
He challenged the students to study hard despite the conditions as the Governor had studied in similar circumstances but has risen to become a successful academician, a businessman and politician, having attained the heights of being a professor, a senator and governor all by the age of 47.
He stated that any of the children could become Governor or even the President in the future.
He concluded by stating that His Excellency places a premium on Education as it is the foundation for any development and that was the reason for the quick reaction of the administration, barely 2 weeks after the incident occurred.
The delegation later met with the community elders where they informed them of their findings and have since returned to Calabar.
The community elders demanded the quick intervention on the primary and secondary schools as well as the market.
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