TICA students off-loading the books from the car.
The new Education Secretary of Awka Regional Education Board, Catholic Diocese of Awka, Rev Fr Adolphus Chukwuka has assumed duty with the donation of books estimated at over Two Thousand Dollars ($2000) to the Catholic Diocese of Awka-owned famous Tansi International College, Awka (TICA), Anambra State.
The 1,300 copies of books which comprised textbooks, reference books and novels, were given free with the help of Fr Chukwuka's Canadian friends, especially, Amy Nail, a student of St Peter's Secondary School, Barrie, Ontario, Canada; Simco Muskoka, Catholic District School Board, Barrie, Ontario, Canada; Andy-Marilyne Ziegler and the parishioners of Holy Spirit Parish, Barrie, Ontario, Canada. The only cost incurred were the bills for the shipping and custom duty at Lagos Wharf which Fr Chukwuka took care of.
Donating the books to the college during his debut visit to TICA on October 4, 2017, Rev Fr Adolphus Chukwuka, said they were part of his gifts to contribute to the promotion of education in Awka Catholic Diocese and Anambra State in general. He thanked his Canadian friends for their goodwill, supports and encouragements.
Speaking on the occasion which was his maiden outing as the education secretary, Fr Chukwuka, expressed his joy that he had finally visited TICA in response to the college principal's previous invitations to come, and possibly celebrate with the students.
The education secretary, who was visibly amazed over the many unprecedented transformations in structures and academic excellence which were recorded by the college that started in 1999 with 99 students, appreciated the TICA management, PTA, staff and students for the many feats attained. He made known his desire to assist the college in sustaining the culture of academic excellence and all round human developments of the students.
Receiving the books, the principal of Tansi International College, Awka (TICA), Rev Fr Paul Onyebuchi II, appreciated the education secretary for goodwill to the school. He prayed God to bless Fr Chukwuka and his Canadian friends, and as well, sustain their friendship.
Rev Fr Onyebuchi II, who took the education secretary through the historical development of the college, noted that TICA that began its first academic year in 1999 with 99 students, presently has 810 students, who were all boarders. He added that most of the graduates of the college currently excel in their various fields of human endeavours in Nigeria and other countries of the world.