From David Onwuchekwa, Nnewi
Anambra State Commissioner for Education, Professor Mrs Ngozi Chuma-Udeh has extolled the virtues of the benefactor of Dame Irene Okwuosa Memorial Convent, Oraifite (DIOMECO), Sir Emeka Okwuosa for his immense contributions to emancipation of humanity with his resources.
Professor Chuma-Udeh made the commendation at Oraifite in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of the State during the school’s confirmation, enrollment, second graduation and prize-giving ceremony, yesterday.
She said that her presence at the event was not for anything else but to appreciate the giant stride of Sir Okwuosa in uplifting humanity in various phases of life.
The Commissioner described Sir Okwuosa as a man who would not sleep until the needy were satisfied.
She told the students that useful and useless ones were two categories of human beings and advised them to make the right choice to reciprocate the good intentions of their benefactor.
Prof Chuma-Udeh delivered a goodwill message from Governor Charles Soludo who she said would be ever ready to assist the Convent in its quest for excellence.
Addressing the gathering, the director of Sir Emeka Okwuosa Foundation, Sir Azuka Okwuosa said he was elated by the presentation of the Hon Commissioner and her promises.
He said that governement presence was needed not only at the Convent but other schools in the State for sustainable growth. He noted that the State has been doing well in education and advised that such a position had to be maintained.
Sir Azuka Okwuosa reflected on childhood discipline he and his siblings received from their mother in whose memory the Convent was named. He advised the students to see discipline as the bedrock of their overall development.
He also advised the students to be good ambassadors of the Convent wherever they found themselves to justify the training and all efforts made to make them useful in life.
He pleaded with the State government to assist in rehabilitating moribund industries in Anambra to help create employment for teeming unemployed youths in the State.
Principal of the School, Dr Mrs Joy Ndefo in her address congratulated students of the Convent who she said distinguished themselves from others in moral, academic and extra-curricular attainments in the 2021/2022 academic session.
“Teaching is a ministry and most of our staff understand and respond positively to this call. Their efforts culminated to the Convent recording 99.6 percent (NECO) and 98 percent overall passes (WASSCE) in the 2021 external examinations.
“It should, therefore, not be an overstatement to say that the quality and conduct of DIOMECO’s workforce should earn the commendation of Oraifite community and its environs. The staff members display high degree of stewardship that engender meaningful productivity from their services to the Convent, ” she said in part.
She disclosed that the Oilserv Limited, a subsidiary company of Sir Emeka Okwuosa Group gave prizes and gifts to the staff, prizes, gifts and scholarship awards to students.
The Principal declared that the company gave prizes to all winners of the first, second and third positions of all the sporting events, including invitation relay and staff races during the Convent’s inter-house sports competition in March this year.
She appreciated the priests for their assistance in one way or the other and all other stakeholders including the Diocese of Nnewi Anglican Communion Bishop, Rt Rev Ndubisi Obi.