Padopads School marks golden jubilee

By Faith Igbudu

Activities to mark 50 years of Padopas Harmony Secondary School, (P.H.S.S.), Makurdi began Friday with an extra-ordinary assembly.

The anniversary celebration with the theme: Padopas at 50: Building people of strength through knowledge and light was held at the school premises in Makurdi. It had in attendance graduates from different sets, adorned in the school uniforms alongside past principals of the school who are still alive.

Addressing the assembly, past principals of the school, Emmanuel Adzer, Dr Helen Awunah and Jerome Hwande expressed excitement that the school has clocked 50 years.

The past principals who could not hide their joy at re-uniting with old students of the school urged them to remain united and seek avenues to uplift one another in the society with the saying “united we stand, divided we fall”.

Speaking to newsmen, current principal of the school who is also an old student of set 85′, Regina Ahura, said it was a thing of joy for the school to have survived for 50 years.

She said the impact of the school in the state and beyond is immeasurable saying Padopas is the reference point of so many successes in the world.

She said one of her desires is to restore the school back to its former glory by increasing the student population strength. “My top priority is to revive the population of this school” she said.

“The old students of this school are found across the length and breath of the nation and the world, in all professions in all careers. With this, I can say that the school has not just impacted on the Benue community but the entire world. Some of our old students are found in the United Kingdom, others in the USA and several locations in Nigeria serving humanity.

“Another challenge is that we did not have a standing old students association for the school and in our country today, it is the old students that are helping their alma maters. Looking at this trend, we the management of this school felt Padopas Harmony Secondary School too has produced capable students who can add value to the school.

“This golden jubilee is a kind of reunion, and we want to use it as a launch pad to establish a standing and dependable old school association” Ahura said.

Some of the old students, Justina Charles of set 2000, Apostle Simon Ijepe of set 1998, Kizito Akuranya and Joe Peters both of set 1993 all expressed joy at the ceremony saying it felt good connecting to their roots again.

In their separate testimonies about the school, they claimed the school is instrumental to the success they have recorded. They said the school thought them great values, discipline and courage to enable them stand out in their various lives.

The Extra-ordinary assembly was garnished with cultural performances, spoken word presentation and press club presentation all done by both the current and old students.

According to information on the invitation card, the grand finale will hold on Saturday with a fund raiser for an Administrative block, Ultra modern sports complex a dinner night and a thanksgiving service on Sunday

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