The Annual Inter-House Sport Competition of Ascension High School, Ogale Eleme has ended with a call on the students to invest their time and energies in sporting activities if they will love to go higher in life outside education. Chairman of the Occasion and President-General of O-E’la Obor Eleme (The General Assembly of Eleme People), Chief (Elder) Israel Ejiraobari Gomba-Abbey who made the call during his opening remarks also urged the River State Government to encourage sporting activities at all levels of education.
His words: “Schools and Government should invest in sporting activities like this if they want students to go higher and farther in life. There are lots of private schools everywhere today, some are in two bedroom houses that don’t know anything about inter house sports, all their emphases is on Academics, it has been said that all works without play makes jack a lazy boy and dullard, so we must balance academic with extra curriculum activities so that the student will be balanced in the society.
“I therefore call on the Governor, Nyesom Wike, our project governor to consider sporting events and activities in primary, secondary and even pre-nursery schools as one of the projects to embarked upon as he comes back again for a second term”, he appealed.
He commended the students for honouring themselves by participating in the event, adding that, “one thing is that if you don’t engage in sports activities today, you can’t do it again, I did it in those days, now I can’t do it again”, he noted. In all, four houses participated in the keenly contested field and track events. At the end of the competition, House A, Red House which was named after the Executive Chairman of Eleme Local Government, Hon. Philip Okparaji, an old student of the school, came first position with a total score of 496 points. House C, the Green House named after King Philip Obele, also an old boy scored a total number of 454 points and came 2nd position. Elano Board Chairman, Chief Gomba Okpanje’s House (White House or House B) came 3rd having scored a total of 451points while His Royal Highness, Appolus Chu house, House D came last position.
Field events at the competition include high jump, 100m relay race, 200m race, 400m race for both junior and senior boys and girls respectively.
Entertainment events such as egg race, sack race and tug of war were also featured. However, other primary and secondary schools were invited to feature in the inter house sports amongst which were Community Secondary School, Ebubu, CSS Alode, Victor International, CSS Aleto, State Primary School, Alode and others.
In an interview with Inside Eleme, the principal of Ascension High School, Rev. Father Joseph Visan described the event as a wonderful one, stressing that students are not meant to only read and write but expected to also engage in sports and social activities to enable them discover their talents. He advised the students to always engage in activities that will help them discover their special talents.
His words: “Today will have football stars such as Jay Jay Okocha, Kano Nwankwo etc., They were discovered on track in an attempt to provide all round formation, we decided to do the inter house sports to enhance the physical and the emotional balance of the children.
My advice at this point in time when there are lack of job for those that went through school in our society is that some of them have something special outside their certificate that they can discover within themselves and it is only on the track that you can discover it”.
He thanked all the invited guests and others who contributed one way or the other to the success of the event while urging them to always support the school when called upon.
In her speech, leader of the Red House that came first, Miss Beatrice Godwin expressed joy over the victory of her house as the overall winner of this year’s inter house sports, stressing that all her efforts and interests put into the competition was not in vain. She also advised her fellow students to get involved in sports activities for physical fitness.
Dignitaries at the event included Chief (Elder) Israel Abbey, Mr. Chukwuji Nnamdi, Public Relations Officer of the Catholic Education Board, Port Harcourt Diocese who represented the chairman, Sir Brown A Iyawana and parents of the students.