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By Chioma Ndife
Special Friends of St. Patrick's Cathedral Awka, Awka South LGA, Anambra State has donated ultra-modern lavatory facilitates to Udoka Nursery and Primary School, Awka.
The facility which was provided to the school was handed over to the school management by the executives and members of the association on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. The project was executed by the school management led by the Manager, Rev. Fr. Polycarp Okoye through the fund made available by the association.
Fides gathered that the new lavatory provided for the school has six compartments and would replace the pit toilet which the school had been using for the past 11 years. The pit toilet was provided for the school in 2007 through the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) initiative of the Federal Government.
Handing over the keys of the lavatory, the Chairman of the association, Prof. AU Nnonyelu said that members of the association learnt about the pupils' need of a decent toilet facility through the school manager, Rev. Fr. Polycarp Okoye and decided to accept it as its 2018 project. He said that the association had to put to a stop, some of the projects which they already have at hand in order to finish up the toilet project due to the importance which they attach to the pupils' health. He said that the association had to impose levy on themselves to actualize the project.
The academic don disclosed the importance of the association to Awka Diocese and pleaded with the Catholic Bishop of the Diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor to grant diocesan statue to the association, saying that such would increase members of the group. The group according to the chairman was solely formed to assist the bishop in carrying out some projects in a bid to reduce the financial burden of some projects.
He disclosed that the group had assisted the diocese in tilling the cathedral hall, renovation of under-ground chapel where death bishops are buried, provision of fans and St. Patrick's statue. He said that the group embarked on the various projects in the cathedral for the glory of God without making their identity known. He said that people who desire to join the association are welcomed, nothing that members on monthly basis contribute a #5,000.
Also speaking, a member of the association, Mike Ekwunife said that association needs new members who would volunteer their time and resources in a bid to execute more projects for the cathedral. He said that the addition of new members to already existing 30 members would boost the morale of old members to achieve more feats.
Receiving the keys of the new lavatory, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor appreciated the group and encouraged them to continue with the good works which they were doing in the diocese.
Bishop Ezeokafor who was represented by the Awka Diocesan Education Secretary, Rev. Fr. Hilary Nwajagu maintained that their good works would never go unrewarded. He charged the teachers and pupils to ensure effective utilization of the facility and keep it in good at all times.
In a remark, the Episcopal Vicar of Awka Region and cathedral Administrator, Very Rev. Fr. Matthew Attansey noted that it required faith and might for people to embark on life edifying projects at the present economic condition in the country.
Speaking at the handover, the School Manager, Rev. Fr. Polycarp Okoye, narrated how he met with the chairman of the Special Friends of the Cathedral to assist the school through the provision of a modern toilet facility. He disclosed that the group provided the funds which was used in the construction of the project from foundation to the end. He noted that the school lacks the capacity of carrying out the project even if they were given three years to do so.
Fr. Okoye marveled at the way in which the association tasked themselves for the benefit of others, noting that an individual must not have million to effect the society positive. He noted that society would be better if people volunteer themselves and engage in practices that would bring succour to those who they were better than.
Also speaking, the Acting Head Teacher, Nonye Okoye (Mrs.) appreciated the effort of the association and commended the school manager for attracting the attention of the Special friends of the cathedral to the school. He pledged that the facility at all times would be kept clean at all times.
The PTA Chairman of Udoka Basic School Awka, Mr. Emmanuel Emeka Okeke while appreciating the donors said the PTA of the school had identified the need for a modern toilet facility in the past 3 years but were unable to provide the facility to the pupils due to financial constraints.