Chairman of Eleme Local Government Council, Hon. Philip Wuwu Okparaji has warned children in primary and secondary schools in Eleme to be wary of negative peer influence and incriminating conducts that could hamper their education and future endeavours.
Okparaji who was represented by the Leader of Eleme Legislative Assembly, Hon. Nyime Ngelale stated this while addressing children at this year’s Children’s Day Celebration in Eleme Local Government Area.
He stressed that children are the leaders of tomorrow and therefore require better education to cope with what the future holds. He said that without the right education they might be unable to handle the task before them and warned them against indulgence in unwholesome practices driven by peer pressure and negative influences.
He assured that Eleme Local Government Council would continue to work with the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) and other relevant organizations to ensure children in Eleme are given the best possible education.
This year’s Children’s Day Ceremony held at the Community Secondary School (CSS), Alode field which was organized by the Eleme Local Government Council in collaboration with the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Eleme Chapter witnessed the participation of over 30 primary and secondary schools in the area.
At the end of the match pass competition, Community Secondary School, Alode and Eera Model Primary School, Agbonchia both emerged overall best in the secondary and primary schools categories. Other schools that won trophies for their performance include: Bestir Foundation School and Sunshine International School, Onne which emerged second and third positions respectively in the secondary school category. In the primary school category, State School Aleto and Rochelle’s International School emerged second and third positions respectively.
In an interview, Hon. Olaka Prince Emmanuel, Supervisor for Education, Eleme Local Government Council advised teachers to give their best to the children under their care: “I will just toe the line of speech made by the local government chairman, that the teachers should do their best to ensure that students shun cultism, most especially these days that cultism is being practiced even at the primary school level. We in the Eleme local government council have charged the teachers to teach the children the way of God, how to fear God so that it will make them not to involve in cultism at school”.
On his part, president of National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Eleme Chapter, Pastor Raymond Atuh said the event was organized jointly by the Eleme Local Government Council and NAPPS and described the outing as a good one.
“By the grace of God it was a collaborative effort of the Eleme local government and NAPPS. We had to do it that way for the benefit of the children because before we used to do it separately, NAPPS does their own separately while the local government does theirs separately. But we looked at it generally and we felt that coming together would be of a greater benefit to our children”.
On what NAPPS was doing towards children cultism creeping into the secondary school system and private schools, he said: “The fact is that, the issue of cultism is something that is a societal problem and it’s affecting every segment of the society. The only thing there is that, in the school system we as private schools are trying our best to tackle it from the root”.
He advised parents to allow their children and wards to read. Hear him: “We tell parents to allow their children to read their books, some parents want you to promote their children by all means whether their children merit it or not. We also let parents to know that if a child goes to a class he cannot defend himself, the next day that child will end up involving in malpractice and when the school doesn’t encourage it, he would go into cultism. When they face academic challenges, that is when you see them wanting to get a way and then they got into cultism. So if we will be able to insist on children reading their books right, I think we will be able to eliminate cultism”, he maintained.