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Archbishop predicts bright future for students in Anambra


Onitsha (Anambra)- The Archbishop of the Catholic Arch-Diocese of Onitsha, Most Rev. Valerian Okeke, has predicted a bright future for students of Anambra origin.

“As far as you are hard working, obedient and diligent to your studies, you will surely go places as a student in Anambra since there is a lot of provisions to make it come to pass,’’ Okeke said on Tuesday.

Speaking at the prize-giving ceremony of the Archbishop Valerian Okeke science competition in Onitsha, Anambra on Tuesday, he encouraged the students to use available educational privileges to lead a rewarding life after their education.

He said the competition would continue to uplift education, especially the study of sciences, so that the country could measure up with others in learning and inventions.

The cleric also thanked the students for participating and also the teachers and school management that prepared them for the competition.

Speaking on “Why We Need to Study Science,’’ Dr Pascal Onwugbenu, a reverend father, challenged the students to use their initiative and build the foundation of the country’s modern science.

“Our country needs to brace-up for the technological challenge of the 21st century and it is in you sitting here to make the difference,’’ Onwugbenu noted.

The Chairman of the competition, Very Fr. Pat Omutah, said that students needed to dream big but added that “you have to turn your dream to a reality by working hard, especially by paying attention to your study.

Master John-Paul Ezeilo of All Hallows Seminary, Onitsha, who took the first position in the competition, thanked the archbishop for his promotion of education.

“With this prize, I will work hard the more and make sure I make my school and the country proud,’’ Ezeilo said.

A total of 74 secondary schools in Onitsha and its environs participated in the maiden edition of the competition. (NAN)

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