At a time that the alumni association of one of the foremost secondary schools in Akwa Ibom State- the Western Annang Secondary Commercial Aschool, WASCO, Ukanafun- is appealing to the state government to give attention to the rot in their school, the governor of Akwa Ibom State has visited his alma mater, St Francis Secondary School, Eket.
- Pastor Eno, during the visit to his alma mater
While at the school, the governor instituted a trust fund to help facilitate the rehabilitation of decaying infrastructure in the school. Incidentally, alumni of WASCO have been making efforts to draw the state governor’s attention to a similar case of decaying infrastructure in their own school.
In the case of WASCO, both female and male hostels, the laboratory, classrooms, the principal’s resident and that of his vice and all the accommodation facilities for the teachers have been taken over by thick bushes, while what used to be buildings have all decayed.
At his alma mater, the governor recalled that the school used to be a model with beautiful edifices, but lamented the level of dilapidation that has taken place over the years, even though the situation there is not as bad as the situation at WASCO.
- WASCO…a foremost secondary school in Ukanafun, left to decay.
He noted that from the trust fund, funds will be drawn to cater for facility upgrade of the school and also ordered the Ministry of Works and Fire Service to commence perimeter fencing to improve the security of the school.
The governor recalled that many years ago, his parents who were resident in Lagos sent him to the School basically to associate with Akwa Ibom people, learn the culture, and especially the language.
He recalled with the fond memories and relationship with seniors, class mates and teachers and specifically called out some of his class mates as well as the aged wife of the then principal who was among the audience.
Eno assured everyone that the school will receive serious attention to return it to its good old days, and appealed for support to actualise the vision.
While addressing the students, he said, “it doesn’t matter where you are, or the school you attended. What matters is your approach to your studies. If you face your studies, I can assure you that the sky will be your limit. This visit today should inspire you that you can attain any height in life you desire. All you need is to concentrate on your studies. We will make this place conducive for you to learn” he assured.
The governor who spoke with a great sense of nostalgia, took a walk to the dormitories and other facilities which were all in a sorry state.
Earlier, the Alumni President, Mr Sam Uko, Chairman of the BOT, Prof Etie Ben, and the school principal, all expressed gratitude to God for choosing and elevating one of them to the enviable position of a state governor.