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Sit-at-home enforcers are enemies of South East progress, cleric declares

By Osiberoha Osibe, Awka
10 December 2021   |   4:00 am
Archbishop of Onitsha Diocese and Metropolitan of Ecclesiastical Province, Most Reverend Valerian Maduka Okeke, yesterday, described enforcers of sit-at-home order in the South East, even after the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) suspended it, as enemies of Ndigbo and their progress.

Archbishop of Onitsha Diocese and Metropolitan of Ecclesiastical Province, Most Reverend Valerian Maduka Okeke, yesterday, described enforcers of sit-at-home order in the South East, even after the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) suspended it, as enemies of Ndigbo and their progress.

Speaking during the Archbishop Valerian Okeke Science Competition (AVOSCO) at the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha, Anambra State, he enjoined members of the public to disregard the stay-at-home order and go about their normal businesses in the state and entire South East region.

He also lamented the adverse effects of the sit-at-home order on the education and training of students in the region, saying its promoters only considered students who come to school from home, unlike those who live in boarding houses.

Okeke pointed out that the negative effects could have had more far-reaching adverse effects, if the management of some schools and teachers did not develop alternative teaching methods and learning on Saturdays.

While noting that he was motivated to encourage schools, teachers and students through the award of prizes and breaking of goals into steps, he stressed that developing interest and culture of learning to become great should be encouraged among students.

The cleric further pointed out that one of the best ways to encourage hard work was to recognise and award prizes of excellence to deserving students.

Speaking, Education Secretary in the Archdiocese, Reverend Father Paschal Onwugbelu, who was represented by Father Simeon Amuluche, said the prizes won in the schools by teachers and students were a manifestation that they were prepared for the event.

He pointed out that the AVOSCO prizes were geared towards encouraging students to learn more about sciences and become more entrepreneurial and self-dependent.

Divine Rays British School, Obosi won a projector and an undisclosed amount of money, being the prizes for Junior and Senior Schools Category, Senior Secondary School Teachers and Senior Secondary Schools Categories.

Offoama Ernest Ifeanyi of Divine Rays British School won the best prize in Secondary Schools’ Category, beating Ayalogu Bruno Eugene of All Hallows Seminary, Onitsha and Franklin Ekemezie Ifeanyi of Christ the King College (CKC), Onitsha to the second and third positions.

A teacher with Divine Rays British School, Casmir Onwukwe beat Victor Obiora of All Hallows Seminary Onitsha and Emmanuel Abah of CKC Onitsha to win the second and third prizes in the Secondary Schools’ Teacher Category, among other prizes.