Parents have been charged to embrace the war against indiscipline and corruption for the good of their children both at home and at school.
This charge was given by the wife of Taraba State Governor, Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku at the 13th Anniversary, Graduation and Speech and Prize Giving Day of Jehovah Jireh International College, Appawa Gadda, Lau Local Government Area of the State.
While describing corruption in education as any dent on a person’s moral standing, the wife of the Governor called on parents and guardians to give their children and wards the needed support in all aspects to excel rather than bribing teachers or buying results for their children among other vices.
Represented by her Chief Press Secretary, Mrs. Elizabeth Usen Smith, Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku said the day is not just meant for celebration but stock staking of things happening in the educational sector.
She commended the Proprietor who is also the Chairman Lau Local Government Area, Hon. Waniyafiwani Nicholas for establishing such a “center of excellence and quality education”, stressing that, it is a worthy contribution to his Community.
She further called on those present to pick up the challenge and explore avenues they can also give back to their Communities, charging them to support the school in possible areas.
In her welcome address, the Principal, Jehovah Jireh International College, Miss. Esther Enebeli appreciated all who took out time to grace the “auspicious occasion”, saying from inception till date, considerable progress has been made despite hurdles as the Institution has grown numerically and infrastructurally through the classroom blocks, especially the Ultra- Modern Science Laboratory to be commissioned.
She further appreciated the proprietor for his constant support and mentorship as well as parents and all who have supported them in one way or the other.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the occasion who is also the SA to the Governor on Environment, Hon. Soja Dantanimu commended the efforts made by the Institution in educating and impacting skills to the children.
He stated that education is not just for a particular race but for everyone as he called on parents not just to enrol children in school, but educate them on how to interact with others as well as urged them to support the College morally, spiritually, socially, economically and otherwise.
In his Paper Presentation titled “Investing in Our Children’s Education is Investing in Our Future”, the Guest Speaker, Dr. Onesimus Bulus Shaiki, while stressing that education is necessary for every Child in Nigeria, said “we must make it a point of duty to support our children if we must succeed in this 21st century”.
He further charged the graduating students to be ready to face new challenges in life and never get discouraged despite all odds, adding that, graduation is an end to one era and beginning of another.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, the Head Boy of the school, Okoley Stanley who described the school as a storehouse of knowledge said, on admission he was lazy and careless in character and academic work.
But noted however that the “tone of the school and its standard began to shape my character and attitude leaving me refined and transformed”.
He appreciated the school management and parents for investing positively in them and pleaded for forgiveness where he has stepped on toes in the cause of discharging his duties or stay in the school.
Highlights of the occasion include, presentations from students and pupils of the school and presentation of gifts to outstanding students.