25 years after, Otovwodo pry schl holds 20th inter-house sports
By Jon Egie
Otovwodo primary school, Ughelli held its 20th inter-house athletic competition on Thursday, March 20.
The 19th edition of the event was held in 1989.
In an address presented by the Head Teacher of the school, Mrs Agberia Beatrice during the sports, she said inter-house sports competition had a lot to do in the total development of the child especially in inculcating the spirit of sportsmanship, honesty, tolerance, loyalty and unity in the children.
She added that sporting activities have a great role to play in the physical, mental and the psychological development of the child “thus developing a healthy mind in a sound body” inferring that it was this advantage that buttresses the saying that “Health is Wealth”.
She further noted that sporting activities create opportunities for future job acquisition, spending of leisure times wisely, enjoying recreation that increases one’s life span through healthy and happy living.
She appreciated the contribution of the Houses’ patrons to the success of the sports event saying that it was their encouragement that made the ‘iron to float on water’.
She used the opportunity to solicit continued cooperation and support from the patrons so as to sustain the regularity of the sports event since the last inter-house sports competition was held in 1989, 25 years ago.
In recent times, she informed, pupils of the school who attended other schools’ relay race performed very well and brought home various prizes.
She believed that if encouraged further, the school will come to the peak of excellent performance in sports to the extent of winning prizes in Olympic sports because the human resources are abundantly available. On this hope, she appealed to stakeholders and well-meaning indigenes of Otovwodo-Ughelli to provide sports facilities and equipment for the school.
She also called for a good library space that will be stuffed with books as an upgrade of the miniature library recently established in the school.
Expressing her gratitude to the Delta State Government for her giant stride in building and renovation of schools, Mrs Agberia noted the challenge of uncompleted classrooms which, when completed will decongest the overcrowding of pupils in the available classrooms presently.
She also identified the lack of potable drinking water in the school as a teething problem which needs to be addresses by the provision of a pipe- borne water “which will be a thing of joy to us”.
The sports event which was majorly sponsored by Barr Lady Kate Mudiaga-Erhue, a daughter of the Otovwodo-Ughelli community had in attendance: Pastor Godwin Ube of Mountain of fire and miracles ministries, Ughelli; Ogbor Goddey who represented the CIE of Ughelli, Mr Shokare Duke who represented the chairman of the occasion, Dr Chris Oharisi.
Others were: Chief Deaconess Baby Cassidy, Mrs Grace Akpodiete, Hon Prince Ben Oru and Mr Agberia Martin (Husband to the Head Teacher) and Mr Okene Gabriel who is the LGEA Inspector in charge of the school.
As the sports event progressed, Barr Lady Kate Mudiaga-Erhue gave out copies of the Holy Bible and other Xtian literature to the guests. When asked for the thrill of her excitement at the event she said she was thrilled that coasting from about 100 years, the school was holding an inter-house sports event.
“My father was the Head Teacher of the school and he used to move from house to house to urge parents to register their children in the school. This is historic because it was the only school in the Urhobo-Isoko axis that offered Standard Six in those days. Mudiaga Odje, Jereton Mariere and name anybody of repute in Urhoboland then, they attended this school but the school became dilapidated until God gave us Governor Uduaghan who came to the rescue by renovating its structures.
“We want to draw attention to the school and its teachers so that everybody will know the historical importance of the school. I am really excited because I know my father will be happy in his grave. I am trying to give to give out books to the children to encourage reading culture. I am excited that the Head Teacher had the courage to organize this sports competition at a time government policy on primary education bans all forms of money collection from the pupils. It is a time for the celebration of the school and her staff. I am also happy too that for the past five years I have been walking on clutches but God sent his angels to heal me and take away the clutches” Kate Erhue popularly called Lady K said.
In furtherance of their commitment to the development of the school the Oru family led by Lady K donated trophies and cash gift to winners of various sporting activities during the sports event.
Among the trophies were: The Chief M.S.Oru memorial Cup for the overall winning House, the Oru family Cup for the overall best Athlete, the Lady K gratitude to God Trophy for the female senior relay race, the Kamso Ugo-Okpara Trophy for invitation relay race (boys), the T.A.Oru memorial Trophy for invitation relay race (gilrs), the Peter Blessing, David and Ejior Osadjere Cup for the winner of relay race (juniors), the Ruona, Fogba, Kamso, Zara, Amos and Oghoghomena Cup for the best pupil in the sports competition and Kate Mudiaga-Erhue Cup for the best in March Past.
Among members of the Oru family who contributed to the trophies donation were: the Oru family, the Lady Barr Kate Mudiaga-Erhue, the Mudiaga-Erhue angels, the M.S.Oru memorial Foundation, Mr Christopher Oru, Kamso Ugochikwu-Okpara and Ellora and Elliana.
At the end of the sports competition, Red House came top with 173 point out of the six competing Houses in the school inter-house athletics competition.
The second position was grabbed by Pink House (168), Yellow took 3rd (164), Purple 4th (142), Blue which was Lady K’s House came 5th with 129 point and Green House reared the rank with 114 points.
Master Onokpite Freeborn of Green House emerged as the best Athlete of the Day. Green House also grabbed three trophies with excellent performance in Filling the Basket and Go to School events.