By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba
As part of their contributions to community development, the SS3 students of the famous Catholic Diocese of Awka-owned Tansi International College, Awka (TICA) and the College Principal, Rev Fr Paul Onyebuchi II, on Saturday, June 22, 2019, embarked on Community service work on the about 2 kilometers of road that led to the school from the Umuodu, Okpuno Bridge.
The students, who were the first set from the school to embark on such community work, with hoes and shovels, joyfully opened the drainages for easier flood channel, and with brooms, swept the road from the school gate to the major junction, just adjacent to the bridge.
On what informed the decision to engage on the work, the Principal, Tansi International College, Awka, Rev Fr Paul Onyebuchi II, who initiated the Community service, and was with the students throughout the process, said it was one of the ways for the students to give back to the Church and society for the qualitative formation they were being given in the Catholic school. He said it was intended to show love and service to the community and also develop the students into a culture of service to the community.
Pointing out that the community work was purely for the SS 3 students, the principal said the school would continue with the practice, as well as explore other avenues through which they students would be given the opportunity to render services to the community, and give back to the Church and society.
Fr Onyebuchi II extoled the students for their good disposition to the work, and prayed God to bless them in all their endeavours.
He said in continuation of the developmental work, the school would next Saturday June 29, work at the garden of the Awka Diocesan Priests’ Retirement Home, as part of their charity works for the old priests.
Some of members of the community and other passersby, who were amazed over the road works done by the students and their principal, commended them for that unique contribution to community development. One of them volunteered his shovel to help the students in removal of sand from the road.
The two kilometers of road, known as Tansi International College, Road which was commissioned by the former Governor of Anambra State, Sir Peter Obi, CON in 2014 had after years of hope, received the State Government’s attention under the Executive Governor of Anambra State, Dr Willie Obiano.
Fides gathered that work returned to the road that was asphalted gutter to gutter by Grand Star Construction Company Ltd, on May 29, 2019.
Speaking to Fides, one of the students Sixtus Okonkwo, said they were over joyed for that opportunity to contribute to community development. Pointing out the need for clean environment which attract goodies, Okonkwo urged others to learn from them and play their parts in maintaining cleanliness.
Another student, Samuel Iloamaeke of SS 3A, said they did not have any regrets engaging in the community service, but happy to have contributed their quota to community development in that aspect.
Iloamaeke, who said he alongside others was delighted that the work gave them opportunity to be outside the school gate, thanked the principal for that culture of service to society which he imbibed in them. He extolled Fr Onyebuchi II for the snacks and soft drinks which he appreciated them with, and stated their readiness to engage in more community services for societal development.
Other students, Cajethan Egbosimba, JohnKennedy Odimegwu, Mark Oscar Ezechukwu, Anthony Ezennia and Benedict Nwozuzu, collaborated Okonkwo and Iloamaeke’s views, and enjoined the government at all levels to attach strict importance to provision of necessary social amenities such as good roads for the better development.