Students of the Federal Government Girls College in Mkpat Enin, Akwa Ibom State have been charged to commit themselves to sports development as a means of developing the girl-child.
Principal of the College, Engr. (Mrs) Dasoye Opute said this during the 25th Annual Inter-House Sports Competition of the institution at Ikot Obio Itong, Mkpat Enin Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State at the weekend.
She said, not many people who dream dreams set goals and work towards realizing them noting that, as students, they should dream dreams, work hard, make sacrifices, bear pains and learn from it.
“Today, people dream dreams, but not everyone sets goals and works towards achieving them. You need to make sacrifices, make pains your ally and learn from it because, most people dream and run away from pains and struggle thereby truncating their dreams’’, she said.
Mrs Opute however, recalled that, through the effort and commitment of both students and staffers of the institution, the school recorded an impressive performance at last year’s FEDCOL 2017 Games held in Federal Government College, Jos, Plateau State where the College emerged fifth amongst the Federal Government Colleges (Girls) in the country.
She used the occasion to commend the sporting crew of the college, housemistresses and other staffers who have contributed in exposing the students to a rewarding practice, which have helped in raising the overall standard of the school sports competition.
On her achievement in the past one year as Principal of FGGC 101, she said, ‘‘on assumption of office, I found out that the problems of FGGC 101 were numerous. So, it was difficult to know which one was a priority. I had to hit the ground running by tackling them with due seriousness and urgency.
“I have zero tolerance for indiscipline and mediocrity thus, all ailing sectors, be it academics, behavioural or infrastructure have witnessed tremendous transformation in the last one year considering all the odds against us’’.
Also, Chairman of the occasion, Sir Peters Ameh said, the importance of organizing the inter-house sports competition cannot be over-emphasized in terms of the overall development of the girl-child.
He maintained that, training as an elixir teaches them the art of fair competition and determination to excel both in sports and other fields of human endeavour.
Sir Ameh, while enjoining corporate organizations and philanthropic individuals to support the school in the development of sports stated that, promising talents derived from competitions such as inter-house sports should be encouraged to compete at higher levels with a view to winning more laurels as well as represent the state/country at national and international competitions.
High point of the competition was the award of prizes to the ‘‘All Round Best’’ houses in which the National, the Independence and the Republic Houses emerged first, second and third respectively.