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In a bid to complement the State government effort at promoting qualitative education, a non-governmental organization, the Big Corazon Charity Foundation has renovated a 4-classroom block and 2 offices at Government School Nkana/Itie Ikpe in Ini Local Government Area.

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The renovated classroom block was formally handed over to the Community at a colourful ceremony which took place on Tuesday, 15th September, 2020.

In his welcome address, the Secretary of the Foundation, Mr. Cletus Michael, explained that the renovation of the dilapidated classroom block was part of the Foundation’s life touching projects. 

Mr. Michael listed other achievements of the Foundation to include; distribution of Ten Thousand (10,000) Exercise Books, School bags and shoes to secondary and primary schools across the State.

The Secretary hinted that in a bid to alleviate the suffering faced by the people as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Foundation distributed face masks, hand sanitizers and other palliative to the vulnerable citizens.

In preparation for resumption of schools across the State, Mr. Michael said the Foundation volunteered the cutting of overgrown grass at the Community Secondary School, Eka Uruk Eshiet in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area.

He expressed the hope that the renovated classroom block and offices will be greatly valued and cherished and called on the host Community to protect the facility against vandalism

In his speech the International President of the Foundation, Engr. Joseph Akpan who was represented by the National Coordinator, Prince Mkpouto Ibanga, thanked the Village Council and the entire people of the Community for coming out in large number to witness the ceremony, stressing that it was a clear testimony to the fact that they have appreciated the project.

The International President pointed out that the Foundation is committed to rendering selfless services to the people as well as working together for the development of the State and called on the children to take education seriously, assuring that there is hope for a better future.

Engr. Akpan assured the people that more good things will continue to come to the Community and called for the protection of Government facilities in their Community.

Also speaking, the Village Head of Itie Ikpe, Eteidung Michael James Akpan, expressed gratitude to the International President of the Foundation, Engr. Joseph Akpan for renovating the classroom block, stressing that the day marked the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the Community. Eteidung Akpan recalled that the Foundation had at the same venue distributed educational materials such as; exercise books, biro pens and pencils to children for both Primary and Secondary Schools.  

The royalfather appealed to government, well-meaning individuals and organizations to come to their aid by providing lawn mower, VIP toilet, especially to boost the fight against the spread of the dreaded disease, Covid-19 and the construction or renovation of the remaining classroom blocks to accommodate the children.

Speaking before inaugurating the project, the Special Guest of Honour, Envoy Nsentip Akpabio commended the International President of the Foundation, Engr. Joseph Akpan for his well-thought initiative, pointing out that the renovation of the classroom block was a demonstration of the love he has for his people, but not because he is the richest person. 

Envoy Akpabio called on parents to encourage their children to go to school, and promised  to sponsor three brilliant children from the school to further their education.

Goodwill messages were received from the Head Teacher of the School, Mr. Okon Afia, Youth representative, Mr. Abednego Matthew, Woman Leader, Mrs. Arit Inyang, Chairman, National Association of University Students, Comrade Emmanunel Aniedu among others.

Some of the dignitaries who witnessed the occasion included, the mother of the International President, Deaconess Love Michael, Miss Nsit Ubium, Christiana Ukeme Ekpo who promised to donate 100 pieces of Note Books to the Schools among others. Cultural display added colour to the occasion.

Speaking with journalists in his office after receiving report of the event from members of the Foundation, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Multilateral and Donor Agencies, Mr. Ndiana-Abasi Udom commended the Foundation for supporting government effort at promoting qualitative education in the State.

The Governor’s Aide called on other organizations to emulate Big Corazon Charity Foundation by contributing their quota to the development of the State.

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