The Akwa Ibom State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Chairman, Prof Maria Ikorok has charged community leaders to safeguard Basic School facilities and other public infrastructure provided in their domains to justify government’s huge investment for the overall interest of the populace.
Prof Ikorok made the call while handing over a three-classroom block constructed under the 2017/2018 UBE Intervention Projects at Government Secondary School, Afaha Atai, Eket LGA.
She said the call became necessary as facilities provided by the government are for the benefits of communities, hence the need for them to ensure its safety.
The SUBEB Chairman directed community stakeholders to protect public utilities from vandalism arguing that, by doing so, it would save the government from investing on projects that have already been executed thereby channeling such resources to other areas of needs.
She commended Governor Emmanuel for the prompt release of counterpart funds for the UBE Intervention Projects and other provisions to enhance the standard of Basic Education in the state, describing the Governor as an education- friendly leader.
The Don applauded contractors for the timely delivery of the classroom block and urged that they should make available a pavement round the classroom block to ensure easy access of the facility by the pupils.
She assured the leaders of the community that plastic seats and dual desks would soon be delivered in the school to boost learning and teaching.
The Chairman who was also accompanied by Board Member 2, Bishop Ime Ekpe and others stopped over at the AME Zion Primary School, Idung Udo, Eket where a three-classroom block had been completed and handed over to the community for academic activities.
Prof Ikorok expressed satisfaction at the quality of job done by the contractors and advised the community to make optimal use of the facility.
The Chairman, State Secondary Education Board, Hon. Umana Umana who was in the team lauded the efforts of Governor Udom at the timely release of funds for the actualisation of educational programmes in the state.
Hon Umana stressed the need for the maintenance of facilities by communities and advised students to be serious with their studies.
He recalled that Government Secondary School, Afaha Atai had only one classroom block, but now, another classroom block has been handed over to the community while one is currently being constructed.
Responding, the Village Head of Afaha Atai, Eket, Chief Akpan Ekponudim promised to provide maximum security for the protection of the facilities.
The School Senior prefect at Government School Afaha Atai, Promise Nehemiah, on behalf of the students said they were very delighted at the provision made in the school.
In her reaction, the Head Teacher of Girls High School, Ikot Ibiok Eket, Mrs Rose Benson appreciated the State Government for the provision of a serene environment for teaching and learning.
Mrs. Benson appreciated SUBEB and Universal Basic Education, for their sincere commitment to the delivery of quality Basic Education in the state.
The SUBEB team had earlier embarked on the inspection of schools in Mbo, Udunguko and Oron Local Government Areas.
Credit: Anietie Ammah