C’River SUBEB providing all rural schools with facilities – Odey
By Joseph Kingston, Calabar
The executive chairman of the Cross River State Universal Basic Education Board (CR-SUBEB), Dr Stephen Odey, has said SUBEB was providing educational facilities and upgrading existing ones not only in schools located in urban areas but also in the ones found in remote villages and hamlets under the whole school model approach of government.
Dr Odey said this at the weekend while commissioning a borehole, a 9-classroom block, comprising of library, lavatories, and offices at St. Thomas’s R.C.M Primary School, Edor, Ikom local government area of the State.
He explained that the whole school model approach was to ensure a more conducive environment for effective teaching and learning, and therefore, assured them of the state government’s commitment to continuously improve the quality and standard of education.
“In the past, people believed that the only way for government to do projects like this for you is when you have people in government, who will push for them. But, I want to say that under the Prof. Ben Ayade’s administration, we do not wait for people in government to push for projects for their people. What we have constantly done is to seek out communities that require attention and provide projects such as these and we will continue to do more,” he said.
He called on traditional rulers, members of the community and staff of the school to compliment government’s efforts by protecting school facilities against theft and vandalism, noting that the only way to attract more facilities from government is by safeguarding and utilising existing ones.
“As you are requesting for more things from us, ensure that you take care of the things we are going to provide for you, secure them. It is the duty of community leaders, community members and staff of this school to protect what you have. Traditional rulers should discipline anyone caught stealing or destroying any school property.
“By the time we procure more tables and chairs, we are going to ensure that this school receives some, so that pupils will be comfortable in this accommodation. Do not allow anybody to carry any school property away from the school, that is the only way we can do more for you. No matter how beautiful this school premises is now, if it’s not maintained, it is going to get bad in the next couple of years,” he emphasised.
Speaking on behalf of the Clan Head of Abangork, HRH, Ntol Ferdinand Ekpando, the chairman, Clan Council, Mr Daniel Ngore, commended the state government for sitting the project at Edor and revamping the school environment.
“The state government, through SUBEB, is worth commending for making the dreams of our forefathers come true by transforming the small thatch hut we had to a beautiful and conducive teaching and learning environment. As history is being made today as we witness the official commissioning and handing over of this gigantic project.”