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In a remarkable act of community empowerment, Mr Iniubong Imo Unah, the current Mr Akwa Ibom USA for 2022/2023, has returned to his roots in Ikot Obio Offong, Akwa Ibom State, to donate desks to the pupils and management of Lutheran Primary School.
Doing the presentation Tuesday, July 25, 2023, Unah sought to create a conducive environment for academic advancement and cultivate a spirit of support and growth among the students.
During the event, Unah, a native of Ikot Obio Offong, emphasized the importance of education and the power of communal support.
Represented by Hon. Prince Solomon Andrews, Unah expressed his belief that “despite the chaotic and competitive nature of Nigeria, it is our unwavering drive to succeed that sets us apart.”
He encouraged the young pupils to view themselves as seeds, with their primary goal being continuous growth in all aspects of life.
According to Unah, the desks donated symbolize the support necessary to nourish their academic growth.
He stressed the importance of reciprocating this support by assisting others whenever possible, citing the popular musician Davido’s mantra: “We rise by lifting others.”
Unah urged the pupils to remember this philosophy and strive to grow not only personally but also as a collective, as it opens doors for opportunities and greater accomplishments.
As the pupils of Lutheran Primary School embrace the desks and Unah’s message of growth and support, their educational journey is set to be propelled to new heights. They are now equipped with tangible tools to aid their academic development, instilling a sense of motivation and dedication within each student.
Unah’s donation serves as a shining example of how individuals can make a difference in their communities by empowering the youth and championing educational excellence.
During the event, the Headmaster of Lutheran Primary School, Comrade Samuel Daniel, expressed gratitude for the donation, highlighting that the school was founded in 1945 and had recently received chairs from another donor. He commended Unah for his contribution, acknowledging the significance of the act of kindness.
The headmaster also took the opportunity to address several requests to government officials present at the event. He appealed for the construction of perimeter fencing to safeguard school property and prevent encroachment.
Additionally, he requested the inclusion of the school in the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, diary for further development and urged the government to upgrade the school to at least a junior secondary school.
The Village Head of Okot Obio Offong, Chief Effiong Isaac, expressed gratitude to Unah and his family for their generous donation.
He also appealed to the government for the provision of perimeter fencing and boreholes to further support the growth and development of the school.
Notable personalities present during the ceremony included Deputy Village Head, Chief Etim Nyong, Chief Edem Ephraim, Chief Daniel Alex, Chief Otu Usanga, Chief Akwaowo Edet, Vice Chairman Akparawa Ukeme Sunday, and Akparawa Ekaibang Obonganwan Eneanwan Joseph, among others.
Representatives from the school included Mr Smart Udom, Comrade Samuel Daniel (Headmaster), Deputy Headteacher Mrs Nse One Udoabasi, Mrs Udoekong Enobong Ndaeyen, and Comrade Godwin Okon.
The event saw the convergence of community members, government officials, and education stakeholders, all united in their commitment to improving the educational opportunities in Ikot Obio Offong village.
The residents of Ikot Obio Offong and Akwa Ibom State at large commend Unah for his selfless act and his unwavering commitment to the betterment of society. His dedication to empowering the future generation stands as a testament to the values of communal growth, support, and the pivotal role that education plays in nurturing success.
With the desks now in place at Lutheran Primary School, the pupils eagerly embark on their academic journey, confident and motivated to seize the opportunities that lie ahead.
Unah’s donation will undoubtedly leave a lasting legacy within the school and inspire other individuals to follow his example, creating a ripple effect of positive change throughout the community.