Samuel Bill Secondary school Abak, a missionary school owned by Qua Iboe Church is set to resume academic activities, 33years after it was shut down.
Recall that the school established in 1979 owned by the Qua Iboe Church, later split to United Evangelical Church, was shut 10years after, during the students demonstration in 1989.
However, the alumni of the school (Qua Iboe) at the end of a reunion ceremony in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital last weekend resolved to reopen the institution due to the quality of training and academic excellence the school was known for.
In a statement signed by the president, Alumni Association, Churchill Udoh and made available to journalists in Uyo on Wednesday, a lot of renovation work had been done in the school in preparation for the reopening by September, next year.
According to the statement, “The Samuel Bill Secondary School, Abak will reopen its gate to students come September 2022. The Qua Iboe Church owned school was shut down in 1989 after students’ demonstration and since then the doors have remained closed.
“A lot of work had been done towards rebuilding infrastructure and putting the right structures in place to reopen the school. And this will be in partnership with both the Qua Iboe Church and United Evangelical Church, who are the two factions of the original Qua Iboe Church that berthed the school.”
He said the vision of the alumni to reopen the school was to continue the tradition of excellence, train children to lead in the next generation and compete as the one of the best schools in Africa.
The statement added that during the reunion ceremony, Rev. Dr. Samuel Ebukiba, the Conference Chairman of the United Evangelical Church was inducted as Honorary Member, Samuel Bill Old Boys Association, and the awardee was decorated by Rev. Ekpedeme Effanga, Conference Chairman, Qua Iboe Church.
Rev. Effanga is an Honorary member of the association having being earlier inducted in 2017.
Both churches assured the alumni of their support to the new school.