…YACHE NATION AGAIN PLEDGED THEIR TOTAL SUPPORT FOR GOVERNOR AYADE’S SECOND TENURE.
The people of Yache are appreciative of the Digital and extraordinary performing Governor Ayade who is the causative factor that activates and actualizes dreams
, happiness, destinies and above all taking the presence of government to the people like never before.
The most recent development was at the commissioning of several projects in Communities in Yala Local Government Area.
In a welcome address presented during the commissioning of a six classroom block at St Leo’s Primary School, Wonye-Yache, Yala LGA, Mr Agi Paul said the provision of the classroom block will not only put to rest the long standing yearnings of the people of that community, but will also go a long way to enhance teaching and learning.
He thanked the SUBEB Chairman for breaking the long standing barrier of neglect and marginalization by giving them a sense of belonging and enabling them enjoy the dividends of democracy.
The Community Relations Officer, Yala I Constituency, Mr John Odo(a.k.a ODONAH), who said the school which was built in 1953 by Missionaries and community efforts have since not felt government presence until the emergence of Governor Ben Ayade.
Pledging to support the present administration Mr Odo said, “We want Sen. prof Ben Ayade to go back for his second tenure, the whole community is behind him, all our votes are for him, because he has done so well for us.”
While commending the efforts of the SUBEB Chairman, he said “They say Charity begins at home, so there is no way we have our son there, that he will not remember where he is coming from. From 1953 till now count how many years, but today there is a new dawn in the community of Wonye. The community is very happy, everybody is appreciative and I am so happy with our own son Dr (Barr) Stephen Odey, because it is one thing to have someone in a position and another thing for somebody to perform. So when you have the right person, in the right place and at the right time you are bound to see performance,” he stated.
Speaking on behalf of the Uchu Community-Yache, where the commissioning of a six classroom block/offices/lavatory, four classroom block and a newly rehabilitated six classroom block was taking place in Community Secondary School, Uchu, Mr Igbadu Julius who described Dr Odey as a messiah who has come to revamp the education system also likened him to the biblical Adam due to his numerous achievements.
Extending gratitude to governor Ayade, he reiterated their support, saying, “Dr we the entire community are happy with your uncommon transformation, we are solidly behind you and your Father Prof. Ben Ayade, and his going back for second tenure is our sole responsibility.”
According to the Vice Principal, Community Sec. School Uchu, Mr Uyang Godwin “the position of the school before this time was nothing to write home about. Through the efforts of the community, we were able to erect one six classroom block which we have been managing, until this new development. With the establishment of two new buildings- one six classroom block including principal’s office and staff room, four classroom block including the rehabilitation of one six classroom block, the staff, students and entire people of yache are happy with the job done by SUBEB and the State government, “he stated.
Two students of Community Secondary School, Okara Sunday and Wogar Moses also extended gratitude to the Board and the State Government and called on students to take their academic pursuits seriously in order to become successful in life.
In Community Primary School Achuora-Uchu, where the commissioning of a six classroom block and water project took place, the Head Teacher, Mr Francis Agu commended the governor for appointing the Board Chairman who he said has been instrumental to the transformation of the basic education sub-sector.
While listing some of the his achievements to include ; provision of plastic tables and chairs to public schools, provision of sporting equipment to some selected schools, provision of classroom blocks and boreholes to public primary schools, removal of primary school teachers payroll from Ministry of Local Government to SUBEB, regular payments of primary school teacher’s salary, amongst others, Mr Agu added that, within Dr Odey’s short stay in office, he has achieved giant strides that have moved Cross River State ahead of other states in the basic education sub-sector in the Country.
Expressing her excitement, a member of the Community, Mrs Elizabeth Ogbudu prayed for God’s blessing on governor Ben Ayade and Dr Stephen Odey , while urging parents to utilize the opportunity by sending their children to school.
Responding, the Executive Chairman (SUBEB), Dr Stephen Odey, reiterated that all of these laudable achievements would not have been possible without the support of Governor Ben Ayade who is determined to transform the face of basic education in the State.
He called on members of the various communities to continue to support Governor Ben Ayade led administration, as well as support efforts of the government by protecting all facilities provided. He further urged members of all communities to love themselves and be at peace with one another, saying that peace will always bring about positive transformation and development.
Charging students to take their education seriously, Dr Odey said “if you want to be great, education is the key, education is the way forward. I charge you to take your studies seriously, this is the time the foundation must be properly laid,” he emphasized.
Urging teachers to live up to their responsibilities and compliment efforts of government, he said “It took us time, energy and resources to do what we have done here. If you have all these buildings and you do not have the students inside, then you have not helped us. I challenge all teachers to sit up, come to school early, deliver your lectures to these innocent children, and do your best for us. It is your responsibility to inculcate the right values in them, teach them to be neat in appearance. It is your responsibility as a teacher to teach them what to do,” he stated.
To encourage others and to further prove that “disability is not inability” Dr Odey awarded a full Secondary school scholarship to Blessing Eyake, a physically challenged pupil at Community Primary School, Achuora-Uchu.
Dr Stephen Odey was further conferred with triple honorary merit awards of excellence; the OjiraDizi and General Overseer of St Leo’s Primary School, Wonye-Yache, the HeadBridge- Echu Akwa ni Imoro and the Touchbearer/Pathfinder- Osiela Kalo Osutsi ni Wonye Clan.