The monarch-designate of Ofekata Orodo Autonomous Community in Mbaitoli LGA of Imo State, His Royal Highness Eze Marcel Uzegbu in collaboration with some of his subjects has paid the National Examination Council (NECO) fees for 50 students of Comprehensive Secondary School, Ofekata Orodo.
Speaking shortly after the registration exercise, Eze Uzegbu reiterated his readiness to ensure the rapid development of the community.
The monarch said he was touched by the challenges caused by COVID-19-induced lockdown in the economies of families and decided to offer assistance to the students.
The monarch said; “Following the bad effect of COVID-19 lockdown on our economy, my community and many Nigeria parents, I thought it wise to find a way to ameliorate their hardship, so I decided that I will sponsor some Senior Secondary (SS3) students for their NECO registration.
“I however decided to share it with some of the illustrious sons from my community. When they heard this, they quickly chipped in their support knowing my vision and believing in my accountability and transparency.
“So we were able to pay for all our children preparing for their NECO final examinations who are also the pioneer students of the secondary school.”
Eze Uzegbu recalled that in 2018, he devoted his time to teach the students Mathematics for 10 months before employing a graduate to teach the subject.
According to him, at the end of their junior WAEC examination, the students came out in flying colours and took first position in Mathematics in Mbaitoli Local Government Area.
Eze Uzegbu commended the community for donating their lands for the construction of the school permanent site and providing basic infrastructure for the school to thrive.
He also lauded the principals and teachers for their dedication and effective service delivery which has made the students to achieve their goals.
According to him, the school was given the mandate of registering at least 20 students in NECO apart from WAEC, failing which the centre status of the school would be cancelled.
He said this requirement spurred him to sponsor the students in order to also obviate the stress and distance of traveling to another centre for the examination.
Eze Uzegbu thanked the state government for bringing the secondary school to their community, saying that they did not have such opportunity for many years back.
He therefore urged the government, organizations and individuals to partner with the community in making the school environment conducive for learning and teaching.
He solicited assistance to construct a perimeter fence at the school to assist security men to safeguard the students and school property.
Responding, a beneficiary, Master Munachimso Eugene expressed his profound gratitude to the monarch for his kind gesture, saying that with more people like him in Ofekata, the Community will produce more graduates than drop outs.
Also speaking, two other students, Miss Precious Mmekaegbulam and Florence Nwoke expressed their happiness for benefitting from the gesture, saying they are proud to be indigenes of Ofekata Community.
Mother of one of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Chinyere Eugene thanked the monarch for his act of kindness shown to them at this critical period.
Mrs. Eugene, a widow disclosed that she had planned to register her son for WAEC only, saying that the free NECO registration by the monarch was a very big relief to her.
She prayed for God’s protection for the traditional ruler and all those who contributed toward the registration of the students.
In his remarks, the Chairman of Umuomezume Development Union, Chief Damian Abuta eulogized the monarch, positing that his good deeds are so glaring and know no boundary.
Abuta urged others to key in and support the traditional ruler to move Ofekata forward.
A prominent indigene of the community, Mr. Cyracus Onwukwe thanked God for the opportunity to witness the existence of a secondary school in their community..
He however advised the elders of the community to elect a President-General who is transparent, humble and eager to contribute to the development of the community.
Similarly, Mr. Ugochukwu Ajoku (Diamond Cruz) applauded the leadership style and magnanimity of the monarch-designate towards the development of the community.
He maintained that such benevolence is rare to come by as peace now reigns in the community and prayed for more people to join the moving train to make for rapid development of the community.