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This is a classic case of not getting one’s root as The Umelu Primary School Old Pupils Association ( UPSOPA) has put smiles on the faces of students of Umelu Primary school, Edo state.
In a show of love and goodwill, the association donated 100 sets of chairs and desks to pupils of the school.
The chairs and desks donated to the school were in fulfilment of their promise to the school management.
In attendance during the project commissioning was the students, their old teachers and current teachers, and management of the school, officials of the State Universal Primary Education Board and officials of the Old Pupils Association.
While speaking on behalf of Dr Joan Oviawe, Edo state chairman of SUBEB, Osayande Ikponwosa Sunday said “I wish to appreciate and thank you very well for what you have done, and for what you have given to us. God will continue to replenish your pocket. And I also want to appreciate you because it is not everyone that leaves home and remember everybody by returning home. Thank you very much and God bless. “
On her part, the Headmistress of the school, Mrs Akintomide M. A stated that ” this is the greatest day of my life as the headmistress of this school, this type of thing is going on. On behalf of the teachers and pupils of the school, we are really glad to see our old pupils of this Umelo Primary school coming back to remember them. May God bless them and replenish their pocket.”.
Mrs Ogbebor Justina, the immediate past headmistress of the school, said “I really want to appreciate God for his goodness and mercy, when the old boys association came in, I thought it was a joke because many people would say I want to do this, I want to do that, but at the end, you won’t see anything. ”
She added “But when they came, in fact, I was surprised. When they called me that they want to present the chairs that they promised us before, though they have done so many things before, nut when they called me yesterday I was overwhelmed. I said wow. I said I. Must be there and today it’s really happening.”
When asked what prompted the gesture, the Vice president of the Association, Mr Eghaghe Osamudiamen said the association intended to start a movement and educate the society, that at a critical time like this, the citizenry shouldn’t always be looking at the government for solutions The citizens can grab the bulk by the horn and try to fix their community by doing stiffs like this. And we the old students came together in order take care of where there is a need. And today we have been able to donate a set of 100 chairs and desks to sit about 300 students to fill in the gap and give back to our community. “
On his part, the President of the association Mr Daniel Igbinosu noted that he saw a gap while walking along with the school last year and decided to do something about it.
“In the beginning, I walked past this school a year or so ago, I was thinking of what I could do and the only thing I thought of was the signpost, what one man could do. I decided to reach out to my friends and say hey, do you know anybody that went to this school? One person knows another one, the other person knows another before you know it, we are like twenty. And we have been discussing and sometimes heated arguments on what to do. This is the first of many to come.”
The delighted students who spoke expressed their gratitude to the association and wished them well in their future endeavours.
Meanwhile, though, the Umelu. Old Pupils Association is hosting a year old, it has carried out numerous projects before this particular commission. The association last year, reconstructed and refurbished the school including erecting a security protector for the Headmistress’ office, put in place a new signpost and paid for the clearing of the school field and surroundings.