Students enrolment for the commencement of academic activities in the newly established Army Command Science Secondary School in Efa, Etinan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State begins in the month of August 2017.
Akwa Ibom State Governor Mr Udom Emmanuel announced this when the Chief of Army Staff Lt. General Tukur Buratai represented by the Head of Administration Army Headquarters, Abuja Major General Idris Alkali, paid a courtesy call on him at Government House, Uyo.
Governor Emmanuel expressed appreciation to the Nigerian Army for the choice of the State in the establishment of the Institution saying that the Army Science School which will occupy the premises of Salvation Army Secondary School in Etinan would be updated with modern facilities to facilitate it immediate take-off.
“Let me register our appreciation to the Nigerian Army espercially the Chief Of Army Staff for granting approval for the establishment of the school. It’s a rare privilege not a right. He could have cited the school anywhere, so we must work hand in hand to make it work.” He stated.
” The school you ‘re seeing there was completely delapidated but we’ re in the process of bringing back the school to life. I’ve dualised the road across the school to give easy access to the school. We’ll look at your check list and work towards providing your requirement.” The Governor assured.
Governor Emmanuel 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 it training programmes.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation and Head of Administration Army Headquarters Abuja, Major General Idris 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 take-off of the Institution.
He observed that the Army has seen a dependable partner in it educational development drive and commended the state government for providing 3.5 Hectares of land alongside structures for the establishment of the Institution.
While calling on the state government to bring up existing facilities in the school to expected standard to befit the status of the Science School, the Chief of Army Staff particularly commended the state government as well as Efa Community in Etinan for the hospitality accorded the team during the inspection visit.
The Commissioner for Education Pastor Paul Udofia who spoke with Government House Correspondents expressed delight that facilities found in the school has met the requirement of Nigerian Army.
He shaded light on preparations made by the state government to ensure the commencement of academic programme in the school saying that the Institution is undergoing rehabilitation to meet the September dateline.
The Education Commissioner who was flanked by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education Mrs Valere Obot, also addressed the issue of inadequate teaching personnel in public Schools across the state saying that Governor Emmanuel has set machinary in motion to reverse the trend by granting approval for revalidation of the five thousand teachers and that another round of recruitment would be carried out as soon as there is improvement in the economy of the country.
Pastor Udofia also mentioned that public schools were undergoing rehabilitation while some furniture items were being distributed to schools through the Universal Basic Education programme.
On the preparedness for implementation of the Schools Home Feed Programme, Pastor Udofia said that the state had been chosen for the pilot scheme and assured that implementation of the scheme would soon commence for students in public schools.
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