By Jon Egie


His Knowledge, Orutu receiving a gift of giant plasma TV from ANCOPSS and PPEB.

Staff of Post Primary Education Board, PPEB, Ughelli zonal office in conjunction with principals of public secondary schools in Ughelli North and Ughelli South local government areas under the auspices of All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), Thursday, June 20, held a warm send-forth ceremony for retired Permanent Secretary, Post Primary Education Board (PPEB), Ughelli zonal office, His knowledge, Prebi Williams Orutu.

The event which held at Ekiugbo Grammar School, Ughelli was attended by members of College of Permanent Secretaries as well as school principals serving and retired.

His Knowledge, P.W. Orutu served as Permanent Secretary, PPEB, Ughelli zonal office from 2013 to 2018 when he retired.

In a brief eulogy, Director of PPEB, Ughelli zonal office, Mrs B.E. Ochonogor described Orutu as “a man of the people” while in service.

“He was never upset, jovial to the core and performed his duties anytime anywhere.”

In her remark, immediate past state chairman of the PPEB, Chief Mrs Christiana Etaluku described P.W. Orutu as one of the pillars of the Board while in service saying Orutu’s contributions led in no small measure to the success recorded during her tenure in office.

“He was one of our best Permanent Secretaries. He was so active that he visited all schools in a regular basis and had ready information about all staffs in the zone. He is somebody we cannot forget in a hurry when the history of PPEB is written.”

Speaking during the occasion, the Chief Celebrant, P.W. Orutu expressed gratitude to the staff of PPEB, Ughelli zonal office and the school principals for the honour done to him. He urged the principals and their teachers to make realistic contributions in the face of so many odd things happening in the world.

He however lamented that not all principals are principals as some are very committed to the job while others are not.

He appreciated some teachers and principals who were overtly committed to their job during his tenure as Permanent Secretary and presented various prizes to them as tokens of reward for their dedication and commitment to duty.

Among those who received prizes from him were a teacher from Afiesere Secondary School, a female teacher from Adagwe Grammar School and Comrade Izu L.O., staff of the PPEB, Ughelli zonal office in recognition of his excellent performance in course of duty in the office.

Earlier, Chairman of the occasion, Rev. J.B. Okoh, a retired Permanent Secretary, said life begins at 60 but charged serving principals to be prepared ahead of retirement.

He advised teachers and principals in service to consult God in their secret places on what they would do after retirement stressing the need for them to own a roof over their heads before the date of retirement.