The 2022 Education Week of the Oro Nation Leadership Roundtable (OLR) wound up in Oron on Friday, as members of the group rounded off activities lined up for the Week at a ceremony chaired by the former National Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Chief Okon Osung (Ikpoto Oro).
Within the Week, the service-based organization had delegated young professionals drawn from various academic fields including the sciences, humanities, management and social sciences, to secondary schools in Mbo, Okobo, Oron, Udung Uko and Urue Offong/Oruko local government areas, to counsel students on career choices and self-discipline.
The tour of highschools equally featured talks to discourage the young lads from the abuse of drugs, cultism, and examination malpractice, among other social vices considered inimical to their growth.
Also part of the week-long event was the 2nd edition of Sir Etim Uye Science Quiz Competition, instituted by the Roundtable, in honour of the Oro Nation chieftain, and Nigeria’s former Ambassador to Greece, Sir Dr. Etim Uye (Ikpoto Oro).
After the administration of preliminary tests to students across the 5 LGAs on Wednesday, the grand finale of the science quiz competition which coincided with the 82nd birthday celebration of Sir Uye held on Friday, with students from Oron, Urue Offong Oruko and Udung Uko LGAs winning the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes respectively.
Speaking at the event on Friday, Convener of the Oro Nation Leadership Roundtable, Barr. Omen Bassey lamented the poor educational system in the Oro area, noting the situation was partly caused by the indifference of the community.
According to him, “a community whose forebears parted with an equivalent of one month’s salaries in furtherance of their desire to be a part of the educated world has slipped into an illiterate, unschooled and poorly groomed community. Education is critical for Oro but we have conveniently abandoned what earned us respect, admiration, envy and recognition as a people.
“The just concluded 2nd Edition of Sir Etim Uye Science Quiz Competition has confirmed our worst fear. At the end of the first round, none of the competitors could give one correct answer in Physics; only Oron Local Government Area managed to answer two questions in Mathematics; Okobo and Oron Local Government Areas managed to score two points each in Chemistry in a WAEC standard test. Oro, it’s time to correctly diagnose your problem,” he added.
He further announced that the Roundtable will be holding a 2-day holidays camp meeting with some select students in August, as part of its contribution to solving the problems confronting the school system.
In his remarks, Amb. Etim Uye who was accompanied on the occasion by his wife, Lady Edu Uye admonished the students to embrace hard work and avoid cheating in examinations.
In his words, “I understand the condition under which you learn today. It wasn’t very different in our days, but our teachers were very committed, and we, the students studied hard. You too can ignore the challenges and study hard to become successful.
“When you cheat in examination, you have cheated yourself. But, if you work hard, even if you fail, you will have confidence in yourself,” he emphasized.
Highpoint of the occasion was the recognition of a few organisations and individuals for their contributions to the promotion of education in Oro Nation.
Awardees included the founder of Christian Technical College, Oyubia, Dr. Eno Otioro Otoyo, Eke Osung Education Foundation, the Edet Amana Foundation, Oron Development Union (ODU), USA, Infant Jesus Model Secondary School, Oron, as well 3 outstanding teachers: Mr Eka Asukwo Etuk, Mrs Emma Ubong-Abasi James, and Mrs Iquo Edentekne.