- BY Ramo Silvers
COME August 2017, the newly-established Army Command Science Secondary School (SSS) located in Efa, a suburb of Etinan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State will commence academic activities, and this has necessitated authorities of the school throwing open its gate for the admission and enrolment of students.
This was disclosed on Tuesday when the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, played host to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, represented by the Head of Administration Army Headquarters, Abuja, Major General Idris Alkali, who paid a courtesy call on Governor Udom at the HillTop Mansion Government House, Uyo.
Governor Emmanuel expressed appreciation to the Nigerian Army for the choice of the State in the establishment of the school and stated that to enable the school take-off by the next academic year, the premises of Salvation Army Secondary School; Etinan would be updated with modern academic facilities for the purpose.
His words “Let me register our appreciation to the Nigerian Army especially the Chief of Army Staff for granting approval for the establishment of the school. It is a rare privilege not a right. He could have cited the school anywhere, so we must work hand in hand to make it work.
“The school you are seeing there was completely dilapidated but we are in the process of bringing it back to life. We have dualized the road across the school for ease of access. We will look at your check list and work towards providing your requirement”.
The Governor called on the Army authorities to complement the establishment of the Science School with an Army Engineering Centre to offer training in vocational skills, stressing that the availability of Gas, Information and Communication Technology compliant optical network would aid the centre in its training programmes.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Major General Alkali, said that the team is mandated to inspect Command Schools across the country and that it has visited the facility which would accommodate the Army Science School in the state, and expressed delight that the infrastructure found in the school would facilitate the immediate take-off of the institution.
General Alkali, who described Akwa Ibom State as a dependable partner in its educational development drive, commended the state government’s resolve to provide approximately 3.5 hectares of land alongside structures for the establishment of the science school; made a case for the upgrading of the existing facilities in the school; and specifically commended the host community for the show of love and hospitality showered on the team.