Rivers State Deputy Governor Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo hailed a member of the state’s National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Olamidayo Elizabeth Oladapo, for renovating and outfitting a library room at the Community Secondary School (CSS), Nkpolu-Oroworukwo in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area.
The Deputy Governor, who described the corps member as a shining star, urged other serving corps members to emulate Miss Oladayo’s laudable gesture in the state.
Banigo said so in Port Harcourt during the commissioning of a refurbished library room stocked with textbooks, chairs and tables by serving corps member Miss Olamidayo Elizabeth Oladayo at the Community Secondary School in Nkpolu-Oroworukwo.
Represented by the Head of Education and Guidance Department of the Ministry of Youth and Development, Rev. Samuel Miebaka, Mr. Banigo said the state government, under the leadership of Governor Nyesom Wike, was committed to providing an enabling environment for the state’s youth to excel.
The governor, Banigo said, has put in place all the mechanisms to ensure the safety of lives and property, especially for all corps members serving in the 23 local government areas of the state.
She also assured all serving corps members of prompt payment of their monthly allowances when due.
Speaking at the commissioning, National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) State Coordinator George Mfongang called on the school management to make wise use of the library to improve the quality of the learning.
Represented by Ikpugi Isaac, Mfongang called on teachers and students at the school not to let Miss Oladayo’s dreams die by not preserving the culture of reading in the school.
Congratulating Miss Oladayo for the project, CSS Director, Nkpolu-Oroworukwo, Ms Beatrice Epelle said the corps member had left an imprint in the school and in the state by establishing a library for the students.
She said the school did not have a functioning library until the corps member embarked on the renovation and outfitting of the school’s new library.
The Director urged other members of the State Corps to emulate Miss Oladayo’s good deed in making a positive impact on the lives of their host communities in particular and the State in general during their years of service.
“It is not only by serving the state and the communities that you are affected, but by having a positive impact on people’s lives.
“The library”, she said, “would strengthen the educational image of this school and encourage the culture of reading and learning”.
Speaking to The Tide shortly after commissioning, Miss Olamidayo Elizabeth Oladayo, said she was motivated to take on the project because of the plight of the school’s pupils.
“I came across a school without a library, so I was brought in to establish this project here. It’s not my main mission (PA) in the state.
“The Lord drove a vision into my heart to undertake the project of helping students.”
She said it was strange to see such a school without a functioning library and students sat on the bare floor to read and write.
Oladayo, who serves at Port Harcourt Military Hospital as a nurse, graduated from the University of Ilorin and studied anatomy.
Regarding the library project at CSS, Nkpolu-Oroworukwo, Oladayo said that she renovated and equipped the library hall with modern textbooks; ceiling fans installed; painted the room; and builds tables and chairs to the tune of over N400,000.00 only.
Accompanied by her parents, Mr and Mrs Oladayo, the 24-year-old graduate said she is from Ogun State.
MissOladayo called on the students of CSS, Nkpolu-Oroworukwo to make wise use of the library to enhance the culture of learning and reading in their lives.
“This library will allow you to cultivate a good culture of reading in your lives; improve your knowledge as good students”.
By: Chinedu Wosu