By Praise Necherem
She said she was impressed with Nnalue’s capacity, describing her as a child of destiny whose innate greatness should not be hindered.
The commissioner enjoined her to remain a role model for others, urging her to educate her peers on the dangers of keeping late nights. She said, “Let your peers know that they should not accept sex as a condition for any favours.Instead, they should have confidence in themselves and believe that they are untouchable.
“Go into the world and display your potential, influence the female students on how they can maintain their pride of place as women.”
According to Omenugha, schools in the state were globally competitive, a situation she attributed to the high standards set by the government. She cited the example of Queens of Rosary College (QRC), Onitsha that recently emerged winners of quiz competition sponsored by AllNigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools, ANCOPPSS.St. John of God Secondary School, Awka is also one of the best schools in the state.”
Responding, Miss Nnalue, a Senior Secondary School (SSS) 3 student of St. John of God Secondary School, Awka, thanked the commissioner for the honour done to her. She promised to be an ambassador of positive attitude, especially letting her fellow women know their rights as regards sex.
Nnalue, the Senior Prefect of the school, who was presented with various text books, said she was happy for making herself, her parents, school and state proud.
Vice-Principal, Administration, St. John of God Secondary School, Awka, Mrs Carol Ngozi Onyejekwe, said Nnalue was a voracious reader, even when others classmates would be playing.
The school guidance counsellor, Rev. Sr. Augustina Okafor said that the organiser of the competition donated a laptop and cash gift to Miss Nnalue.
The competition was organised for schools in the nine states in the Eastern Region — Anambra, Rivers, Abia, Imo, Ebonyi, Bayelsa, Cross Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Enugu states. The essay had a topic: “Sexual Reproductive Health Rights and Human Rights’’ and they were to discuss it with illustrations from their immediate environment.
The competition was sponsored by the Civil Resource Development Documentation Centre (CRDDC) in collaboration with Eastern Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Enugu on March 15.
Permanent Secretary and directors of various departments in the ministry were present at the ceremony which took place at the Conference Hall of the ministry at Awka.