Saturday, 14 March 2020

Ayade determined to stem cultism, decadence in sch – Castro Ezama

Sir, Ben Ayade, Digital governor of Cross River State 

Richard Odu/Christy Ojie | 14 March 2020

Local News 

Calabar: The Special Adviser to the Governor of Cross River State on Education Mr. Castro Ezama has expressed the determination of Governor Ben Ayade in curbing the escalating trend of cultism and drug abuse amongst secondary school students in State.

Speaking at the 17th Annual Inter-House Sports Competition of the NYSC Demonstration Secondary School in Calabar, the SA said this has become crucial given the threats these vices portend to learning and the growth of the educational sector in the State.

The SA who lamented the dangers of these actions in eroding morals amongst our youths in secondary schools especially, maintained that the trend is totally deplorable given the roles these youths have to play in nation building.

According to him "a situation where students carry axes and other dangerous weapons in their school bag with the intention of harming a fellow student is evil and unacceptable`",

He charged parents and guardians to pay more attention to their wards and endeavour to play their roles effectively and try as much as possible to monitor what their children do, the friends they make and the company they keep.

Mr Ezama who assured them of governments continuous support especially in the area of infrastructure development and teachers welfare added that government will also study the challenges faced by the school with a view to ameliorating them.

Castro Ezama, SA Education 

Earlier in her address, the Principal of the school Dr Mrs. Regina Bassey Atim said that the importance of sports to the development and overall wellbeing of students cannot be over-emphasized,  
While maintaining that the school has achieved creditably in both sporting and academic activities over the years, she regretted that there are many challenges the school has weathered to achieve such feats.

She expressed appreciation to the government through the Ministry of Education and the PTA for their timely response and interventions in the provision and refurbishing of broken infrastructures in the schools.

Mrs Bassey used the occasion to call on government to assist the school in the area of shortage of manpower especially for science subjects; provision of appliances in the computer laboratory and the building of more class rooms to accommodate the ever growing enrolments of students into the schools.