15 Education Quality Assurance Officers pulled out in Ughelli
By Godwin Utuedoye
UGHELLI- IT was fun, gratitude and reward for excellent service as 15 members of the Quality Assurance Department of the Local Government Education Authority of Ughelli North Local Government Area were pulled out of service after 35 years of meritorious service; Tuesday, October 31, at the LGEA Office, Ughelli.
With encomiums and tribute poured in by colleagues and friends during the pull out ceremony, the retirees where enjoined to take their mind off monthly salaries and plan for better life after retirement.
In a brief but touching exhortation by Rev. O.T Otobo of the First Baptist Church, Orhuwhorun, who took his bible text from Roman 12:4, he stressed the need to be thankful to God as many who began the job with them were not alive to witness retirement.
He said like lions that never beg for food, they should not be afraid of what to do or eat after leaving service. “Eagles always soar and renew their strength at forty”, he said and therefore urged the retirees to learn from the eagles and renew their strength and mind even after retirement and look unto God.
Speaking further, the soft spoken man of God charged those retiring to renew their heart and mindset and hold the view and focus that success is ahead for them after serving their fatherland. He assured that with the right frame of mind and hope in God, better blessings awaits them in the future.
In her speech, the outgoing HOD, Quality Assurance Department, LGEA Ughelli North, Mrs. Agberia Beatrice .A, thanked God for a successful 35 years of service and as well appreciated the Executive Secretary, Local Government Education Authority, Evangelist Peter Emazobi for the opportunity giving to serve in that capacity.
Enumerating some the department achievements, the HOD stated that they were able to produce a report sheet to evaluate schools on equal standard, regular supervision of schools and organized a quiz competition among schools.
Mrs. Agberia also expressed gratitude to her colleagues and members for their sacrifice, understanding and cooperation even when there were no salaries to function effectively. She called on the incoming Quality Assurance Officers to improve on the standard set as there was much to be done. She also congratulated the retirees and prayed God to grant them long life.
Responding, the incoming Quality Assurance HOD, Idawene G.A congratulated the out gone HOD and her members for making the department turn a new leaf and for setting up a standard which her successors would emulate promising to make the pull out ceremony an annual event to ensure growth and encouragement in the department.
She noted that the regime of Mrs. Agberia Beatrice witnessed a revolutionary transformation for the department compared to past administrations as she touched all strata and was able to established Quality approach to supervision duty, grassroots supervision by the team of Evaluators, introduction of commendation book and many others. Ms. Idawene G.A called on the incoming team to live up to expectations and improve upon what they met.
In his brief remarks, the Education Secretary for the Local Government, Evang. Emazobi said everything that has a beginning must have an end as every job begins with appointment date and a retirement date. He emphatically stressed that the outgoing team of the Quality Assurance Department of the LGEA is one of the best as their ingenuity, intelligence, dedication to service and sacrifice could not be quantified. He urged retirees not to rely on salaries but be productive to themselves and put their hope on God. Evang. Emazobi also maintained that planning is the utmost and ultimate thing for every retiree as lack of it could lead to frustration and even death. He congratulated them and presented a souvenir to each of the retiring educationists.
There was also a rendition of songs of worship and thanksgiving to God for a successful retirement among which is the popular hymn by John Newton, “Amazing Grace”.
Highpoint of the pull out ceremony was the official Clock-Out which signified the end of their service after 35 years and presentation of souvenir to the retiring officers by the Executive Secretary of the LGEA, Evang PeterEmazobi amidst cheers and hugs.
The pull out parade was conducted by Chief Comrade Wilfred Ovuorayevbie, a onetime Chairman of NUT in the local government area and current Head teacher of Oharisi Model Primary School, Ughelli.
Among those pulled out were: Mrs Agberia B.A., Mr Avrukpere Clever, Mrs Okwadje B.O., Mr Umukoro G.O., Mr Evuarherhe E.M., Mr Mogun G.I., Mrs Ogigbah E.O., Mrs Owhe S.M., and Ms Oduaran E.O.
Others were: Mrs Obie M., Mrs Onaibre A.J., Mrs Okpalefe A., Mr Egie John (Publisher of Spy News Online), Mr Oniyama S.O. and Mr Oviriara G.O.
They all got appointment letters as classroom teachers in Nov 1, 1982 and were due retirement on Oct 31, 2017.