By Faith Igbudu
Padopads Harmony Secondary School, Makurdi, has appealed to the general public and education enthusiasts within and outside the state to help it acquire and restore its burgled ICT equipments.
The appeal was made at the 47th graduation & prize giving day of the school in Makurdi.
The Principal, Mrs Regina Ahura, who made the appeal on behalf of the school, stated that the initiative is borne out of the need to keep up with technology trends in the society and also in line with the directive of Benue State government that all schools must be ICT compliant.
“We are in a digital world and our school must also fall in place. Our effort towards this development is not enough. Earlier this year, the school computer laboratory was burgled and some of our computers where carted away.
“Today, Benue State government has made it mandatory that all government schools must be ICT compliant. These and many more, has necessitated the need for ICT learning in all the classes.
“I am passionately appealing for your endless support to enable us acquire this important facility to prevent “students drain” from our institution,” she appealed.
In a goodwill message, Co-founder and Proprietress of the school, Chief Mrs Helen Awunah noted that the weak tertiary institutions in the country is an indication of leadership failure.
She noted that development of any society can only be achieved when the citizens are well educated and enlightened to initiate and sustain such processes.
While lamenting that this is not the case with Nigeria, she said: “I pray that a new Nigeria should be born where the president will put education at the front burner because unless you develop human capital, the society will not be developed.”
She congratulated the graduands for their perseverance and hope which has paid off in their graduation from secondary education, saying the virtues will also see them through the future.
Dignitaries at the ceremony took turns to caution the graduands on the need to shun all forms of vices that are capable of ruining their future. Prizes were also presented to deserving students and teachers alike.
The school was established in 1973 by the late Chief Padopads Dooga Awunah. The Voice gathered that the name PADOPADS is an acronym for: Patients Auxiliaries Dispensaries of Pius Awunah Dooga and Sons.