A National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member, with primary place of assignment at the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs in the National Assembly, Abuja, has donated COVID-19 preventive kits to final year students of Fortune School, Uyo, as part of her Community Development Service (CDS).
Miss Sarah Steve Aka, who hails from Ikono Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, made the donation, Thursday, to the principal of the school, Mr Equere Festus, in his office in Uyo.
Aka, an Alumnus of the school, graduated from the institution since 2008, close to 13 years ago.
According to her, the gesture was to give back to the school that contributed to grooming her to become the lady she is today.
Aka said the donation of the COVID-19 preventive kits became necessary to help mitigate the spread of the ravaging pandemic among the students currently writing the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in the school.
Presenting the kits which include packets of Face mask and cartons of hand sanitizer to the principal in his office, Aka said she decided to come down to her school to carry out the CDS because of the passion she has for Akwa Ibom State.
The Corps member who said “I got my rudiments here, so I decided to come and do my CDS in my Alma Mater”, added, I will never forget this school.”
Aka recalled the memorable moments she had while in the school, which she said still linger on in her mind, one of which she said was her emergence as a queen.
She lauded the school management for upholding sound educational standards that helped in moulding her to becoming relevant in the society.
The Corps member also commended the state government for the facilities and good management of the Victor Attah International Airport, Uyo, as seen in the installation of COVID-19 preventive facilities, and the floating of Ibom Air, which made it possible for her to fly in from Abuja.
With the impact of Covid-19 on humans and economies of countries of the world as well as the fact that there is no ready cure in the market, leaving prevention of the spread as the best option, Aka said she decided to donate the preventive kits to her Alma Mater, as her own way of joining in the fight against COVID-19, which she prayed will soon be over.
She advised the students to be focused and concentrate on their studies, saying there was no short cut to sustainable success, but it is through hard work.
While thanking the director general of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) state coordinator, Hajiya Walida Siddique Isa, and her CDS officer for their encouragement, she expressed gratitude to God for making it possible for her to accomplish the project.
Aka holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in French with option in Diplomatic Studies, and Second Class Honours (Upper Division) from Babcock University, Ilishan, Remo in Ogun State, Nigeria, in addition to DELF A2 French Professional Examination (Diplome DEtudes En Langue Francais) and a certificate in computer science.
The career diplomat, whose journey in the world of Diplomacy started at Babcock University, has undergone training at French School, visited Benin Republic, Cote d’ Ivoire and embarked on a trip to Paris for research work in respect of her Thesis.
Narrating her experiences, the Youth Corps member said as a Babcock Alumnus, her thinking has greatly changed, adding, “Truly, telling the story is not the same as experiencing it.”
I’m personally excited to belong to the group of Diplomats who can share intellectual ideas on social economic matters and able to network at the same time. I had a wonderful experience at the concluded PHOENIX class of 2019 Convocation and thanks to Babcock management for making the training a memorable and exciting one”, she said.
Receiving the preventive kits on behalf of the school, the principal, Mr Equere Festus, described the gesture by the NYSC member as magnanimous, saying “we have not had it this way in a long while.”
Festus quipped, “for her to have left here since 2008 which is close to 13 years and still deems it fit in a time like this to remember a place like this, is a kudos to her.”
He lauded her for the gesture and said that the school acknowledged her efforts, which he stressed will not go unrewarded, adding, “As a school, we are very grateful to her and pray God to take her to greater heights as well as enable her to achieve all her dreams in life.”
The principal expressed the hope that more alumni if the school would emulate her kind gesture.
Present at the presentation ceremony were members of the school COVID-19 Committee.
Credit: Victor Esang