Obongawan Obo Mesembe, National President of Union Secondary School Ibiaku Old Girls Association (USSIOGA), has restated the association’s commitment to continue to give back to her Alma Mater.
She made this avowal while speaking on the occasion of projects commissioning and presentation of Miss Mary Louise Archibald’s Awards held at school compound at Ibiaku, Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area on Wednesday, October 26, 2022.
Obongawan Mesembe, in her remarks noted that Union Secondary School Ibiaku had instilled in them high morals which has helped immensely in shaping their lives to be role models in the society, hence, improving the school remains their business and a priority.
She said : “Our legacy of service from the heart has remained enduring, and is our guiding inspiration in USSIOGA, we continue to strive to increase our service impact in the communities we belong.
“Improving Union Secondary School is our business, our focus and our dream.”
Also speaking on the occasion were Chairladies of United Kingdom and United States of America chapters.
Eme Bassey from the USA chapter of USSIOGA, in her remarks noted that it was profitable to be partakers in alumni associations as a way of giving back to the society, urging USSIOGAITES to be part of giving back to alma mater and bettering the society.
Helen Oluwalana, while addressing the people, noted that her interest in Home Economics being her best subject then has contributed to her becoming a professional chef and as result of a positive impact. She also urged student to pay attention to their studies and passion in order to sustain the enviable name and pride of the school.
Commissioner for Education in Akwa Ibom, Mrs Idomgesit Etiebet, represented by Mrs Mrs Eky Ekpo from the ministry of Education, and the Chairman State Secondary Education Board(SSEB), Ekaette Ebong Okon represented by Emy Bassey joined other Old Girls to the commissioning and handing over of renovated Home Economics and Needle works block, Kitchen, Principal’s Office and a refinished learning resource centre back to the principal of the school, Mrs Ubong Akpanudo.
The principal, Mrs Ubong Akpanudo, in her remarks appreciated the efforts by USSIOGAITES from all sets, especially those in diaspora for the projects, the Calabar chapter for the donation of complete band set for the school and everyone for playing a good to success of the project. She further asked for assistance in providing a solar panels to serve as alternative source of electricity to help students with their studies. Asking God to keep sustaining the love in their hearts to do more.
Aniefonama Jacob, Chairman Project Committee Diaspora expressed elation for the grace to see such a day for describing it as a unifying, memorable for the Old Girls and importantly giving back to her Alma Mater.
Meanwhile, Miss Favour Ekemini who emerged winner as overall best graduating student from class of 2022, also won prize as best student in Physics and English language respectively. Miss Esther Akpan won best student in Christian Religious Education, and Miss Iniobong Nyong emerged best in Mathematics, all were given monetary rewards from the Miss Mary Louise Archibald’s Awards for their outstanding academic performances.
Other notables personalities on the occasion were; Prof. Okon Ifut, former Old boy and teacher of the school, Mrs Ekatte Etim, Mrs Mary Ekpenyong, Mercy Edet, retired Director of Education in the state, Mrs Mary Ubong Mrs Uduak Idaho, Chief Ime Udo, a chieftain in Ibiaku Itu Udo amongst others.