Splashes Cash On Deserving Staff, Students
Christ The Redeemer College,Amesi Old Students Association has honoured former headmaster, Mr. Andrew and his wife Christiana Ozigbo during which they bestowed award of excellence to deserving students and staff.
The awards were instituted in 2016 by an alumnus of the school, Valentine Ozigbo, immediate past President and Chief Executive Officer of Transcorp Plc, in honour of his parents, Chief Andrew Ozigbo.
Ozigbo explained at the occasion that the annual programme was aimed at rewarding excellence in students and teachers and to uphold the quality of his alma mater.
He also said that his father was an educationist for several decades, and that it was a way to appreciate him.
“I was not going to wait for him to die before I celebrate his legacy, the legacy of education”,he said.
During the occasion students, teachers and a youth corps member who excelled at their work and in academics got cash prizes ranging from N100,000 to N30, 000 while members of the alumni raised over N1 million for projects within the school.
Akalugo Chinwe, Eze Adaeze and Ezeagu Faith who were named the Best Teachers and runners up got cash sums of N100,000, N75,000 and N50,000 respectively, while a youth corps member, Abdul Kareem from Osun State who was named the Best Youth Corps Member won N75,000 cash prize.
In the student category, the Best-Performing Student in the Senior Secondary classes, namely: Nlebedum Amala (SS3), Nwakego Ekeika (SS2), and Ezenwa Chinaza (SS1) won cash prizes of N50,000, N30,000 and N20,000 respectively.
Ozigbo reminisced on the years he spent at College and gave credit to the school for instilling the ethos of discipline, diligence, and hard work in him and for moulding him into the man he is today.
“It’s in this school that my character formation began. I’m grateful for the confidence that I developed here,” business mogul and philanthropist told the students.
“Having faith and confidence in yourself will take you far in life, especially when you match it with hard work. Staying focused and understanding what your priorities are in life is crucial.”
Lady Bibian Onwuka, the school’s principal, spoke glowingly of the contributions of the Old Students Association. She mentioned the great strides made by students of the school and commended them for keeping up with the tradition of the excellence which the school is known for.
She commended Mr Ozigbo for his enormous contribution to the development of the school and interventions to create “a conducive learning environment for students”.
The creme de la creme of the society including former speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly, who later represented Aguata Federal Constituecy, Hon. Eucharia Azodo, Chief Sunday Ezeobiora and members of the old boys association attended the ceremony.
The Old Boys Association later made a stopover at the Regina Caeli Hospital, Awka where they visited the pioneer principal of the school, Rev. Father Elias Anyaorah who was on admission and raised N500,000 to assist with his medical bills.