The Chairman of the Akwa Ibom State Universal Basic Education Board, Prof Maria Ikorok has extolled the Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio for its support for Governor Udom Emmanuel’s re-election bid.
Prof Ikorok made the commendation when executive members of the socio-cultural organisation paid a courtesy call on the Board recently at the Board’s headquarters in the state Secretariat Complex, Uyo.
She thanked the President of the socio-cultural organization, Akparawa Patrick Udofia for mobilizing others to support what she termed the sound leadership policies of the state Governor.
While applauding Governor Emmanuel for his selection of the present leadership of AK-SUBEB to pilot the affairs of the Board, Prof Ikorok noted that the state government has sustained free and compulsory education, supplied educational materials and as well contributed significantly to the construction and renovation of structures in basic schools across the State.
The AK-SUBEB Boss who described Basic Education as crucible for quality education, maintained that if the foundation is faulty, the entire system would collapse.
He called on teachers, parents, community and the School Management Board to collaborate with the government in monitoring the activities of the school within its vicinity for the sake of their children’s future.
She hinted that the Board will work together with the Ministry of Education to revive and promote the use of local language in teaching pupils in basic schools.
On the request for AK-SUBEB to assist in the provision of hostel accommodation in Mboho Unity School, located at Idu Uruan, the University Don averred that the Board would will facilitate the accessibility of grants for the group, for a private institution to be provided by Universal Basic Education Board (UBEC) and will also meet to deliberate on other issues raised by the group.
Earlier, the President, Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio, Akparawa Patrick Udofia who commended the leadership of the Board for its contributions to Basic Education, revealed that the socio-cultural organisation owns a Unity School, comprising nursery, primary and secondary sections at Idu Uruan, where Ibibio language is taught and written at Senior School Certificate Examination.
Akparawa Udofia enumerated the association’s achievement so far to include: high performance of students in examinations, establishment of Ibibio Language Centre in Manchester, United Kingdom; award of scholarship to 126 deserving indigenes of Akwa Ibom in tertiary institutions and a proposal to put in place a similar centre in the United States of America (USA), to help Akwa Ibom children in diaspora learn Ibibio language and culture.
He however requested for the Board’s support to build a hostel accommodation in the school, and as well as provide them with seats and books.
The event was attended by Board Member 1, Hon. Bernard Dunca; Board Member 2, Bishop Ime Ekpe; Board Member 3, Hon Inibehe Etukudo; Director of Administration, SUBEB, Mr. Solomon John; and other executive members of the socio-cultural organisation.