By Martins Inyangetoh
The Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Akwa Ibom State Chapter, Barrister Ini Ememobong MMI, has charged the students of St Mary’s Science College (SMASCO), Ediene-Abak, Abak, to strive for excellence in their academic pursuit in school.
The State Publicity Secretary made the charge at the weekend when he led members of the golden set of 2000 to their alma mater for a reunion meeting and to also share fellowship with the current students of the college.
In his remarks, Barrister Ememobong said “all you need is to be the best here in school and whatever your hands find to do; you will be great at it. As you wear the uniform, live a life that you will be proud of, to come back here and stand to encourage students who will be sitting at where you are today because we want to start a culture or tradition where former students of this college return after so many years to encourage current students to remain the best in their academic pursuit.”
Barrister Ememobong, who dressed as one of the students alongside others, further said that the ‘set of 2000’ were proud to be products of the school, stressing that they can never be bigger than the uniform, which he said, made them who they are today.
“Why are we wearing this uniform with you? It is because this uniform made us and we will never grow bigger than this uniform and the college. So you are wearing the uniform that will make you, so make the best out of this opportunity,” he said.
Admonishing those who must have failed one subject or class, he said “failing in St Mary’s Science College is not a thing of shame but a thing of challenge because the standard of academic activities in the school is incomparable to what is obtained in other colleges. Failure in the college is distinction in other colleges, hence the need to be resolute, focused and serious in the academic activities because the failure may turn out to be the definitive point in your life.”
Barrister Ememobong used the opportunity to thank Mr. Chrysanctus Asuka, who was their Principal, and other teachers who taught them when they were there as students, stressing that the discipline and knowledge they inculcated in them have attested to their heights and successes in life.
He applauded the current management of the college for maintaining the high standard of education in the college, adding that he and his classmates are ready to contribute their quota in making the college a reference point for academic excellence in the state.
Highpoint of the event, which ended with a cozy banquet with the students, included donation of cash for the completion of the School Chapel; seats for staff room; gifts items to the former Principal and teachers among others.