…As College Administrator dies few hours after the ceremony
By Kelechukwu Iruoma
The management of Holy Child College, Lagos, has rewarded outstanding students and staff of the college with cash prizes, plaques and materials items, for their hardwork and efforts towards the development of education in the college.
The Administrator of the college, Rev. Sister Rosemary Atuegbu, a member of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus (SHCJ), incidentally slumped and died few hours after the ceremony. She will be buried on Friday 31th March at the Society of the Holy Child Jesus Convent, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The event tagged “Annual Speech and Prize-Giving Day Award” was held at the school premises in Obalande. The girls college is owned and funded by the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos.
Late Sister Atuegbu, a member of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus said: “On yearly basis, it’s necessary we appreciate hardwork in the students and staff.
“We appreciate the students who are working so hard and by so doing we are encouraging them to do more. Those who really do not do well will be challenged to put in more efforts so that next year, it may be their turn,” she said
Late Atuegbu, who was in her sixth year as the administrator suggested that for education in Nigeria to improve, there was need public schools be handed over to the missionaries and churches.
She said: “You can force anyone to do what they do not want to do. When missionaries run a school, they do it with great passion. When you see schools run by missionaries or the church, it is quite different from other schools. Missionaries work with passion. Passion is needed to succeed in anything.
One of the student awardees, Ajayi Adetola in SS3, who won the maiden edition of the Young Debaters Speech Debate, said she felt excited for winning the award. Adetola who delivered a speech on “Peace is a weapon against social vices” said she looked forward to making new friends from different countries and representing Nigeria “I want to study International relations and diplomacy. I have been attending seminars, conferences organized by United Nations, among others.