Akoko-Edo Local Government Council Chairman, Hon. Tajudeen Alade Suleman Esq has tasked students to take their studies seriously in order to become qualified citizens who would take over reigns of power in future.
The Chairman gave this admonition at Comprehensive High School, Igarra, to kick start school inspection across the Local Government Area.
Hon. Alade Esq charged them to take their academics seriously to enable them occupy leadership positions, noting that as Council Chairman, he was a lawyer by dint of hard work.
The Chairman who expressed delight in the school’s population, promised to visit the school regularly and ensure that principals and teachers were mentoring them properly, while emphasizing on discipline among the students.
According to him, “You must eschew truancy, laziness and be neat to school. You must obey your teachers, shun drugs and all forms of promiscuity. All of these creat distractions. You can be Presidents, Governors and Accountants if you make books your companion. If anybody abuses you, report to your principals who will in turn notify me. It is my duty to see that you are well protected”.
Hon. Alade who stated that governance was all about service delivery, explained that the Local Government was confronted with myriads of challenges, adding that the Council under his watch was able to improve on the epileptic power supply especially during the yuletide season.
On security, the Council boss stated that kidnapping had been reduced to its barest minimum, positing that his plan is to completely eradicate the scourge.
On water shortage in the Local Government Area, he disclosed that plans had been perfected to rejig Ojirami dam in order to mitigate the problem, stressing that boreholes were no longer sustainable owing to population density of the locality.
Continuing, the Chairman said he was working on markets and health institutions to improve the overall lifestyle of locals, adding that internal road grading was ongoing to connect communities and the hinterlands in order for farmers to showcase and sell their farm products.
“We want to run a government that you can all be proud of. The mantle of leadership shall soon fall on you and the time starts now.
Ensure you are in school before 7.45 am and don’t leave until it is 2.45 pm. For us, this is school o’ clock. If your parents are causing distractions to you, inform your principals accordingly so that I can counsel them. Avoid the use of Android phones for now, except in cases of Senior students who need to carry out researches”. Barr. Alade advised.
The Chairman who awarded Queen Koka, a JSS 3 student a Scholarship to the university level, promised to ensure her educational pursuit is fulfilled, adding that the Council would assist those unable to partake in the enrollment of the WAEC examinations on a continuous bases, as a way of encouraging the youths to embrace education.
In her vote of thanks, Miss. Jimoh Nimatu, an SS 3 student appreciated the Chairman for his developmental agenda across the Local Government Area, praying God to continue providing for him, while calling for the construction of functional toilets in the school, with the employment of more teachers and practical classes for the benefit of the students.
On his part, the Principal of the Junior section, Kopeniko Festus explained that the school had eighteen teachers from the Edo Supporting Teachers To Achieve Result (Edo STAR) scheme and eight permanent teachers cutting across both arms.
Okolo Jonathan Okhavhe,