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A’Ibom shuts down school as Cultists give Principal 24hrs to recall suspended members.



There is palpable fear in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital, as suspected cultists have issued a 24-hour ultimatum to the principal of Uyo High School, Mr. Michael Iwok for him to recall their suspended members back to school or face dire consequences.

As a warning, some fetish objects such as fresh pepper, palm oil droplets, peeled cooked egg, palm front, a piece of red cloth, tied rope, and ten naira note were on Thursday dropped at the entrance of the principal’s office.

Similar items and several inscriptions, believed to have been dropped by suspected cultists, were also seen at the entrance to Senior Secondary 3 classes.

In a bid to avoid any form of the onslaught, the state government has ordered the immediate closure of the school.

Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Secondary Education Board (SSEB), Dr. Ekaette Ebong Okon announced the closure of the school in Uyo today.

Our Correspondent gathered that trouble started when some students suspected to be cultists were recently suspended by the school authority.

Also aggrieved are some senior secondary two students who could not meet up with the school requirements to be promoted into senior secondary three.

Investigations reveal that on several occasions these two sets of students are responsible for the mayhem in the school.

The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Odiko MacDon when contacted on the matter said the closure of the school over threats by suspected cultists has nothing to do with the police.

He said in pidgin English ”Government closes down school how that one come concern me”.

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Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has commiserated with the families of prospective National Youth Service Corps members from the state who died Wednesday in a car accident on their way to Orientation Camp in Katsina State.

Governor Emmanuel made this known while receiving the Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim who was on a condolence visit to him, Thursday, at Government House, Uyo.

The Governor who expressed grief over the death of the Corps members in the auto crash noted that it is painful to lose a child after investing much in raising them educationally and otherwise.

“We received with heavy heart the news of the ghastly accident claiming the lives of our young graduates and I could feel the pains as a father because not after you have finished sponsoring your child from primary through secondary school to University and then on his way to NYSC camp this happened.

” It is a very sad moment and a black Wednesday, well we can’t question God when things like this happen, it’s God that knows everything and He’s in control of everything but our heartfelt condolences will always and ever go out to the parents and the families of those corps members. Our prayers will always go to these our beloved sons and daughters who have lost their lives”, he stated.

The Governor announced his intention to lead members of the State Executive Council on a condolence visit to the bereaved families and directed the Commissioner for Youth And Sports, Sir Monday Uko to trace the affected families for a scheduled visit and prayed God to avert such a mishap in the state.

“I pray may it never happen again, we pray for the families of these young sons and daughters of ours, that God will visit them and God will always be there for them because that’s what will make a difference, no word of man, no sympathy of man can ever fill that gap”, he said.

The Governor thanked the DG, NYSC, Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim for his prompt reaction to the incidence and condolence visit to the state and families of the Corps members, describing him as a good shepherd who has demonstrated love and concern over the wellbeing of the Corps members in the Country.

The Governor vowed to clamp down on transport agencies conveying Corps members at night to long distances, lamenting that such sad occurrence would have been avoided if the transport agency did not embark on the risky journey.

In his remarks, Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Brig. Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim described the incident as a sad moment for NYSC community and the affected families , praying God to console Akwa Ibom State and the families who lost their wards on their way to the Camp.

‘It is a very sad day for us, I refer to it as black Wednesday, we commence our batch ‘B’ stream one orientation exercise on the 27th of this month and just yesterday we got a call on what happened and the entire NYSC family and the people of the state are completely devastated. On behalf of the NYSC management and Corps members please accept our heartfelt condolences”.

The deceased Corps members include, Upere Innocent Peter and Akpan Victor Joseph; graduates of Mass Communication, Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic; Asuquo Miracle Effiong, graduate of Psychology; Ekikoh Stella Sylvester, graduate of Sociology and Anthropology and Ezuruike Coleman Chikwado graduate of History And International Studies all of the University of Uyo.

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Governor Udom Emmanuel’s Special Assistant on Research and Documentation, Mr Essien Ndueso , and an acapella musical icon, Ubong Ikpe were on Thursday, decorated as brand ambassadors of Etinan Institute.

They were eulogized for being exceptional alumni in their respective disciplines in media practice and acapella brand of music by the Etinan Institute Old Students.

The old students of the institution under the aegis of Etinan Institute Old Students Association, ETINOSA, had stormed their alma mater at the 2021 Speech, Prize Giving, and Award Day.

Prince Mike Sabastine, their international president, who decorated the two alumni of the institute, further lauded Mr .Ndueso for consistency and professionalism in the discharge of his responsibilities as a journalist.

Welcoming the students at the event, the ETINOSA president challenged them to stand out as geniuses in the current generation to be ready for future leadership.

“Let me say that education is a companion which no misfortune can depress, no crime can destroy and no enemy can alienate”, Mr .Sabastine said.

He encouraged the none prize winners to work hard to merit prizes in subsequent opportunities, rather than lose hope.

The Old Students pledged to do more to attract more developments to their Alma mater and promised to redesign the entrance into the school to become befitting of its name.

In his keynote address at the occasion, a businessman, industrialist, and old student of the school, Chief Nelson Miangekere urged the students to strive to stand out in their various callings.

Miangekere an old student of the 1960 set, maintained that it does not matter what profession one ventured into, but that the important thing is to be exceptional in a rather competitive society.

The ceremony moderated by a former teacher of the institute and a retired permanent secretary in the state civil service, Mr. Ekanabasi Ubong, saw the old students present cash prizes, exercise books, and textbooks to the best students of each subject in all the classes in the school, as well as the best-behaved students in the school.

They earlier held motivational sessions with the respective classes to mentor and inspire the students in their separate groups, warning them against the vices of cultism and prostitution, as well as charging them to aim for greatness through hard work and focus in their studies.

The principal and staff of the institute participated in the speech, prize, and award-giving ceremony which was also attended by a former student, Dr. Dora Ebong, proprietress of Topcare Pharmacy and member of the Federal Character Commission.

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Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel has stated that his administration is working towards having a global curricular where people can be trained on various skills while in school and create jobs upon graduation from school.

The Governor disclosed this at the 22nd graduation and Prize-giving Day ceremony of El-Amin International School in Minna, Niger State Capital.

The Governor who was the Special Guest at the event, also explained that owing to the importance his administration attaches to education, he has declared a state of emergency in the sector, adding that the state government is also working out modalities to come up with Intermediate Education System to serve as guide to those interested in various aspects of University education in Nigeria

Speaking at the graduation, Governor Emmanuel charged the 2021 graduands of El-Amin International School to imbibe good attitude and virtues as they go into the wider society.

He emphasised that the graduands must ensure they display good attitude as it shapes their altitude urging them to be self-determined, show proper character and strive to make their families and country proud.

“I want to remind you that, as you lay your bed so you shall lie on it.

“It is your attitude that will shape your altitude. So, no matter how you see yourselves today, know that the greatest thing that will help you succeed in your lives is your attitude and the level of integrity and character you exhibit.

“I charge you all to imbibe these virtues as you go into higher institutions. This is the time to set goals and standards and to also aspire for their realization.

“You must do everything possible to bring happiness, good name and impact into your families”, he said.

The Governor then challenged parents to make sure they invest in the education of their children, pointing out that “the greatest part of education is the tutoring, mentorship, indoctrination as well as guidance given by parents.

“The parents have a lot to do in shaping the character, attitude and behavioural pattern of these young children which teachers alone cannot do.” He added.

Governor Emmanuel then commended the Niger State government for it immense contribution to the growth and development of education in the state and also appreciated the management of El-Amin
International School for their efforts, sacrifices and investment in promoting quality education in the state in particular and the country in general.

The ceremony was attended by dignataries including the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Ado Doguwa and the Emir of Minna,HRM, Umar Farouk Bahago.

In the Governor’s delegation were the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Uko Udom SAN, Commissioners for Local Government & Chieftaincy Affiars and Information & Strategy, Hon. Frank Archibong and Comrade Ini Ememobong, respectively.

The Governor later paid a courtesy visit to former President, General Ibrahim Babangida (GCFR) rtd and Ex- Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (GCFR) rtd.

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