ANAMBRA State Commissioner for Basic Education, Kate Omenugha has charged both private and public schools to promote sports as a panacea to end cultism and other vices among youths.
The commissioner made the call via her representative, Area Education Officer, Idemili North, Lady Lizzy Ewuzie during the Inter-house sports competition organized by St. Edmund Group of Schools, Nkpor.
She said that sports helped in the mental, physical and psychological development of learners, adding that properly engaging youths in sports will make them lose interest in social vices.
She thanked the management of St Edmund Group of Schools for going extra mile to borrow St Alphonsus Catholic Church, Nkpor field to ensure their students participate in sporting events.
In his welcome address, the school manager, Rev. Fr. Michael Adawai, said that they applied a holistic approach to children’s educational development adding that the school has zero tolerance for cultism.
“Academic excellence, moral probity and physical fitness are our watchwords. Here, we preach against cultism and our security men are always on alert. Anyone caught in cultism will face the law.
“We solicit for sponsors’ leverage in facilitating the procurement of a sporting playground. Also, the nature of our terrain evokes the need for paving the school compound with inter-locking stones”, said Adawai.
Moreover, the Patron of Green House which took the overall first Position in the field/track events, Sir. Paul Okpala Akuluono pleaded with state government to harness sports talents from school children.
“Children are our future. Anambra State should invest in school sports. I appeal to government to construct the Attah road linking Nkpor-Umuoji road across St. Edmund to Nkpor Old road”, said Akuluono.
Moreso, Another House Patron, Prince Augustine Udoh said working and play made a balanced child, adding that parents should not relinquish child training to teachers but start fighting vices from home.
In his remark, the occasion chairman, Dr. Stanislaus Igbokwe said that without sports and culture, a nation is not complete.” Sports and culture elongates life, nurture health and gives money”.
However, the CEO, Apams Funeral Services, Sir. Kelvin Chukwumaobi ably represented by Mr. Leonard Nwankwo asked government to fish for sports talents from the grassroots rather than relying on oversea talents.
Highlights of the inter-house sports competition include overall track events won by Green House, football match won by White House, calisthenics and match past.