Uduak Luke Challenges School Girls on Academic Commitment

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Uduak Luke Challenges School Girls on Academic Commitment

…Announces N500, 000 scholarship to best graduating student of Union Secondary School, Oko-Ita

Priscilla Christopher

Dr. Uduak Onofiok Luke has announced a scholarship worth the sum of Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500, 000) to the best graduating student of her Alma Mata, Union Secondary School, Oko-Ita in Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

She made the announcement when she paid a surprise visit to the school on Friday, November 12, 2021, as part of activities marking her 40th birthday celebration.

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Wife of the member representing Etinan/Nsit Ibom/Nsit Ubium Federal Constituency, Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke who was overjoyed to be in the school premises years after her graduation from there, mingled and interacted happily with the young girls, while relating with their experiences as students.

Speaking to the students, the Environmental Toxicologist recalled her younger days as a typical student determined to come out with good grades, and the efforts she put in to making that come to reality.

“There are no shortcuts in life. Do not cheat. You will need to defend your certificate someday. Read your books and remain focused. This is the time to study. There are processes you need to go through and this is one of them. There are choices you have to make and this is one of them.  Challenges will come, life will throw lemons at you but you must make them lemonades. If your parents have gone through a lot in these difficult times that we are in to put you through school please study very hard. The world celebrates success”, she advised.

Charging them on the brevity of time and its essence, Dr. Luke harped on the need for the young school girls to be time-conscious.

“I’m saying this because things that you have to do today if your shift it, you may not be able to do them again. Most people say time waits for no man and maybe for you it sounds like a cliché. Like I’ve woken up today and I’m 40 years old, and I’m taking stock of my life. Those things that I had set out to do in life, have a really achieved them? So what am I saying to you today? You still have age, you have time in your hands. Please make the best use of it. Time lost may not be recovered”, she pleaded.

The former State Chairperson of the Legislator Wives Association (LEWA) also encouraged the girls in their academic ambitions, adding that their futures were as bright as they envisioned.

“I came to this school today to encourage you to aim for the stars and dream of attaining Heights because everyone celebrates success. In all of you I am seeing Astronauts and Presidents. Whatever it is you want to be, don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t. Apply the works and you will succeed. I’m a proud lecturer of the department of Biochemistry, University of Uyo. So, if you want to be a teacher, nothing can stop you and you can be a good one. Don’t let anybody deceive you that teachers don’t have money and all of that; let your passion be right and the space will find you. Believe in yourself. Be ready to go through the process and trust God”, she added.

As a way of encouraging the girls, Dr. Luke announced a N500, 000 donation to the best graduating student of the school, while charging them to top competitions and make the Old Girls and the School proud. Also intended for the girls is a mentoring program to be launched in no time to help them grow their mindset.

Responding to the Old Girl’s address, the School’s Principal, Mrs. Ubong Akpanudo said the visit by Dr Luke came at a time old girls in different locations were carrying out different rehabilitation work on some of the dilapidated structures of the school.

Mrs. Akpanudo specially thanked the celebrator for the donation, adding that it would encourage the Senior Secondary 3 students to sit up and compete for the scholarship of N500, 000 instituted.

She also noted that the pep talk with the girls would encourage them greatly and motivate other old girls to contribute their quota to the rebuilding of their alma mater, founded in 1948.