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Commissioning of Convent: Handmaid Girls Showcases Conducive Environment, Modern Learning Facilities

By Precious Ukeje and Chioma Ndife

A convent building has been commissioned at the Handmaid Girls’ Secondary School, Amansea, Awka South LGA,that will house clergy and staff members of the school.

The building was commissioned by the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, during his pastoral visit to the staff and students of the school last Sunday.

In an address of welcome to the bishop and other people in attendance during the occasion, the Principal of the school, Rev. Sr. Virginia Obidike, said the school, in terms of physical development, started its journey with one building block, but today, had several facilities that made learning easy.

‘The school is well equipped with the following structures: a modern and well equipped hostel for seven hundred students; a high standard refectory and kitchen complex; modern and well equipped Physics, Chemistry and Biology Laboratories; a standard ICT Laboratory with capacity for 160 students with their individual computers at a sitting for their Computer-Based Test; and well-equipped library, still under upgrading process,’ Sr. Obidike said.

Sr. Obidike added that for constant light and water supply, the school was equipped with 200KVA transformers and 50KVA generator set.

She thanked God for His unquantifiable goodness, mercies and undiluted generosity towards them, and welcomed the bishop whom she praised for his fatherly role and prompt readiness whenever they called on him.

She noted that it was the third time they were having the pastoral visit during which their students were given the sacrament of confirmation. She beseeched God to bless and reward the bishop abundantly.

Responding to the address of welcome, Bishop Ezeokafor said it was his third time at Amansea in such a capacity and thanked God for the availability of the convent where the sisters would stay.

The bishop, noting that all that needed to be done were not yet in place, called on congregants to do their bit in ensuring that necessary facilities were put in place in the school.

Sr. Obidike also eulogized the Superior-General of their congregation, Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus, Mother Leonie Martha O’Karaga, for her love for decent and conducive environment which she had shown during her reign, and described them as having gloriously manifested in the school at large.

She told Mother O’karaga that they would be commissioning and blessing the convent building where the sisters she missioned to Amansea would lay their heads and further appreciated her for her efforts, as well as prayed God to bless her.

The occasion featureda display of cultural dances representing the Ibo, Efik, Yoruba, Hausa and Urhobo cultures.

The new convent building at Handmaid Girls’ Secondary School, Amansea

7th from the left, Bishop Ezeokafor, Superior-General, Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus, Mother Leonie Martha O’Karaga by his right; Principal, HGSS, Amansea 8th right, and a host of other clergy at the front of the new convent building

Superior-General, Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus, Mother Leonie Martha O’Karaga receiving gifts from the management and students of HGSS, Amansea

Newly confirmed students marching out for offertory

Bishop Ezeokafor, Mother O’karaga with some clergy, the confirmed students and some staff of HGSS, Amansea

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