The 2nd Annual Inter-House Sports of Bishop Okoye Spiritan Secondary School, BOSSS, Mirinwanyi in Oyigbo LGA of Rivers State, has come to an end, with the promise of making use of the school facilities from time to time by the state commissioner of sports.
Speaking at the event, the Commissioner for Sports, Rivers State, Hon. Boma Iyaye, who said he thought he was in a University premises when he came in, maintained that he was surprised to be told that the school was a secondary school.
Mr. Commissioner in the meantime, thanked parents for having their children in a wonderful school that has provided an atmosphere for quality learning and availability of sporting facilities. He pointed out that the commissioning of the multi-function Tennisball, Volleyball and Badminton Court, which was commissioned by him, was an indication that the school was serious about academics and social activities.
Hon. Iyaye, further urged the students to show seriousness to sporting activities after academic works, adding that the school was capable of producing international Volley ball players, among others with the facilities in place.
He affirmed that there was no other place in the state, except for the government owned facilities that were as magnificent as that of BOSSS, promising to make use of the facilities in collaboration with the school, for the development of sports at the grassroots.
The Sports commissioner, who lauded the school management for a job well done, noted that he decided to attend the event personally, instead of sending a representative from the ministry of sports because his tight schedule, having heard much about the facilities in the school.
In appreciation, Hon. Iyaye commended Chief Nweke Fidel Osita, MD/CEO, Fidwax Nigeria Limited for personally donating some of the sporting facilities in the school and promised that the state government would support his philanthropic gesture to the school.
Fielding questions from newsmen, Chief Fidel Osita Nweke, MD/CEO, Fidwax Nigeria Limited and member of the school PTA, said he was happy to be one of the facility donors in the school and expressed his satisfaction on the level of infrastructural development that had taken place in the school.
Chief Nweke, who said he had no regrets investing in the school, rated the school in line with the state commissioner of education, as one of the best in the state with university standard environment.
Also speaking, Mrs. Rita Chioma Okoroji, a former PTA member and a pioneer parent in the school, stated that she was attracted to the school because of its facilities, with the conviction that the moral and academic upbringing of her child would be taken care of.
She further emphasized that the extra-moral activities of the day was an indication that the school operates on a higher standard, hence the need for the state government and private individuals to support the efforts and achievements of the school.
Responding, the school principal, Rev. Fr. Barr. Christopher Amaubosi, noted that the day, March 3rd, 2018 was essentially chosen to enable the students, both boys and girls to exhibit their God-given talents, which according to him, was indigenous in the school, even though, it was done in a broader spectrum.
The Clergy, who disclosed that the school was doing everything to ensure that they regularize the activity in the school, added that they have spiced and would continue to sustain the tempo of the day, in order not to disappoint the students.
According to Rev. Amaubosi: “It is common knowledge that sports today has grown from being merely an entertainment venture to a high paying full time profession, providing millions of direct and indirect jobs for global youths.
“The impact of such sub-sector is also felt in terms of its contribution to the GDP of many nations. This underscores the need for all to encourage the discovery of new talents in sports and to grow the young ones.
“As a Catholic institution, Bishop Okoye Spiritan Secondary School is committed to whole child education, integrating academics with morality, including sports, which is an integral component of healthy living. May I, boldly state here that BOSSS stands to be beaten, though in a quiet and humble manner.
“Although, this is the second Inter-House Sports we are holding, our commitment in the area of sports is quite impressive. As a young school that our institution is, we have been able to provide the necessary sporting infrastructure and exposed our students to various sports; the manifestation of which we all could clearly see today.
“Little wonder that today, sports is being adjudged to be the most unifying factor in our journey to nationhood. On a regular basis, we see players and even fans across the various divides in this country, putting aside their differences in faith and ethnicity for our collective good.
“We must therefore, join this wagon of healing, we must join this wagon of national reconstruction and indeed, join this wagon of unity that could help free our country from the shackles of acrimony, intolerance and ethnicity that pose real threat to our collective existence. On this I say, you cannot sit on the fence, you have to join or at least, encourage the growth of these talents waiting to be explored, due to the benefits we all stand to gain,” Amaubosi emphasized.
He maintained that BOSSS was ready to give out its facilities for state, regional and national sporting activities as the state commissioner of sports had promised to make use of its facilities from time to time and lauded the PTA for the various sporting facilities that it provided for the school.
The houses that participated in the school Inter-House Sports include: the Green House (Rev. Fr. Christopher Amaubosi), Blue House (Rev. Fr. Remy Onyewuenyi), White House (Rev. Fr. Mike Obi Onwuemelie), Yellow House (Rev. Fr. Peter C. Agbonome), Red House (Rev. Fr. Augustine Onyeneke) and other invited schools from the state.
By Blaise Elumezie