By Elizabeth Uwandu & Thomas Ejiemere
It was a sight of clamour, class and pride for past and present students of Maryland Comprehensive Secondary School as the Missionary institution marked her 50th anniversary.
His Grace, Most Rev. Alfred Martins, Archbishop of Metropolitan See of Lagos and proprietor, MCSS at the event that saw the blessing of the Chapel and the new multi-purpose hall who led dignitaries such as His Eminence Anthony Cardinal Okogie; Mr Augustine Alegeh, SAN, chairman of the occasion; Mr Godwin Emefiele, Central Bank Governor, and special guest of honour; representatives of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, former and present governors of Lagos State, including Mr Jimi Agbaje, governorship candidate, Peoples Democratic Party , PDP etc. expressed delight that the dream of the institution to own a place of worship has been achieve.
Speaking on the need to fly keep the fly of Missionary education high, Archbishop Martins explained that, “ On flying the flag of catholic education high first of all requires education that is done in a wholesome way, not just learning English language and Mathematics. It is education that is meant to impact on a person’s life which entails the values of life ; values of Christianity and values that are common to us, honesty, integrity , selfless service, readiness to work for common goal; philanthropy and charity being woven into education in Catholic school.
On the completion and dedication of the edifice, MCSS principal gave thanks to God for making the vision a reality. “ We are grateful to God who enables people to do that which they desire. Its been the desire of the institution to build a Chapel, as it ought to be with a Catholic institution. Now that this one is here we are truly delighted.
To have a hall that brings everyone together is truly a delight. The refurbished libraries, laboratories and the clinic; all of these are things we are glad about.”Archbishop Martins added.