Comprehensive High School, Igbodo in Ika North East Local Government Area, Delta State Monday, took delivery of 300 sets of furniture comprising chairs and desks, courtesy of the Old Student’s Association of the School.
The furniture was a part of 450 sets of chairs and tables pledged to the school by the Comprehensive High School Old Student’s Association, CHISOSA.
A member of the Board of Trustees and a Lecturer in University of Lagos, Dr. Dumebi Ideh, said the association had embarked on fact finding visits to the school where it was observed that there was an urgent need for desks and chairs for students of the school.
Dr Ideh who is a member of the school’s class of 1985, expressed optimism that the furniture will enhance the quality of teaching and learning in the institution.
He said: “This project was necessitated following the decay of infrastructure due to poor government funding. The assessment carried out by the old students some months ago saw the enumeration of problem areas leading to the intervention towards rehabilitation of some of the dilapidated structures by the old students. In order of priority, the school management requested our urgent intervention in the provision of chairs and tables”.
“As we officially present these chairs and tables today, we use this opportunity to request the Delta State Government to continue to support the development of rural public schools for the benefit of the people that live within the locality.
“What we are celebrating today is unity of purpose and friendship. We therefore call on other Old Students that are yet to join the association to rise up to the occasion by joining us and contributing to the development of our Alma Mater”.
The BOT member further stated: “We will continue to do more to address issues that need our attention in the School as we are very proud of our School and will do everything humanly possible to halt the infrastructural decay in the School and uplift the standard of learning in the institution. We encourage the students to take their studies more seriously, and remain focused as education is life and it is the main road to achieving your full potentials in life. As we thank God for this success, it is equally important to express our heartfelt appreciation to the Chairman and members of the project committee for a job well done and for delivering the project within the agreed timelines”.
Mrs. Augustina Ebenuwa, a Senior Lecturer at College of Education, Agbor, who was a Head Girl of the school, acknowledged the commitment of members of CHISOSA towards restoring the lost glory of Comprehensive High School, Igbodo.
She noted that the school was known for high academic standard, and said Comprehensive High School Igbodo was a veritable springboard that propelled many to excel in the various human endeavours after leaving the College.
In the same vein, Mr Martins Okocha, a former student leader of Comprehensive High School, Igbodo and an employee of multinational oil firm recalled the academic exploits of students the school, and commended CHISOSA for painstakingly putting resources together to assist the school. He stressed the need for the students to make good use of the furniture to serve the desired purpose.
The Chief Inspector of Education, Ika North East Local Government Area, Mrs Juliet Sorokwu who was the Special Guest of Honour at the handover ceremony, also commended CHISOSA for rising to the occasion to assist their Alma Mater.
She paid glowing tributes to individuals and bodies that had assisted in upgrading the infrastructures in schools across the state, explaining that government cannot do it alone, hence the constant appeal for intervention of stakeholders in improving standards of learning in institutions across the state.
Mrs Sorokwu assured the association that the Commissioner for Secondary and Basic Education will be notified of CHISOSA’s kind gesture and a letter of commendation on behalf of the state’s Ministry of Education would be sent to the association for partnering with government to develop the educational sector.
Principal of the school, Mr Matthias Okolie, as well as the Chairman, Parents Teachers Association, Mr John Ugbaja commended the CHISOSA for their benevolence and the quality of the furniture. He assured of judicious use of the items, even as he appealed for more support from the old students’ body.