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THE THIRD EDITION OF ENGR. ATUME’S AWARD FOR LITERATURE
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The Third Edition of Engr Atume’s Award for Literature Unique Secondary School is borne by an uncommon zeal in the founder and chairman of Unique Schools, Engr Felix Atume (FNSE, FAEng, mni) to “give back to the society”. Giving back to the society is an ideology that is upheld by the Chairman who believes that the sound academic quality and moral virtues in which he was trained should be passed to the younger generation. As a result, grooming the young people to maximize their potentials, become worthy ambassadors and leaders of the future society is prioritized in the school’s agenda. It is this dream that drives the chairman to set quality standards through numerous initiatives in Unique Secondary School. The initiatives are geared towards encouraging the students to work harder, ensuring outstanding acidemic performance and building the virtues of moral integrity which has almost disappeared from the character of the younger generation. One of such initiatives is Engr Atume’s Award for Literature. Presentation of Literary awards has been initiated by the Chairman in order to motivate reading activities in the school. The programme is meant to address the problem of nonchalant attitudes to reading. This is because the passion for reading books is declining speedily, especially in the contemporary times where the youths are preoccupied with movies and the internet through the television and android phones. It is hoped that this award winning endeavour would help to revive the reading culture which is fast eroding. The termly award for Literature encourages unique students to read literary books. For instance, the third edition of the presentation of award for literature which was held on the 9th of November, 2021 in the school was based on the reading and assessment of Elechi Amadi’s Concubine. It was based on the result of the assessment that the following students; Ortese Clementina of SSS 3, Andua Ufan of SSS 2 and Odey Winifred of SSS 3 emerged in the first, second and third positions respectively. These were the beneficiaries of the third edition of the Engr’s award for Literature. The initiative encourages a very healthy reading competition among the students as they strive for the awards. It would also go a long way to improve their reading skills, consciously or unconsciously. In the third edition, many reputable personalities were invited to participate in the presentation of the awards. Some of the guests include among others, the Head of English Department, Benue State University Makurdi, Professor Moses Tsenongu, the Director General of Radio Benue Corporation Makurdi, Dr. Charles Iornumbe and the Chairman of the Association of Nigerian Writers (ANA) Benue state chapter, Mr. Paul Ugah. Speaking at the event, Mr. Maik Ortserga who is the National Secretary for the Association of Nigerian Writer (ANA) stressed the importance of reading and also appreciated Unique Secondary School for embarking on this crucial endeavour. He went further to announce that Unique Secondary School has been chosen from Benue state by his association (ANA) to be a beneficiary of 40,000 books which the association will be distributing to forty schools across the country (Nigeria) in a bid to stir up reading habits in the students of secondary schools. Hence, the decision to partner with Unique Secondary School, Makurdi in order to compliment the ongoing reading campaign which is already ongoing in the school. In addition to this, Professor Tsenongu, who also brought gifts and a letter of encouragement from his department to the awardees, advised the students to embrace the reading culture and avail themselves to freely and fully participate in the reading exercise as the initiative is meant to enhance their intellectual development. Earlier in the opening remarks, the Principal of the school, Mr. Ortserga Sesugh Samuel and the Chairman Unique Schools, Engr. Felix Atume FNSE, FAEng, mni assured continuity of the initiative and solicited continued partnership among the various stake holders.

UNIQUE ARTS EXHIBITION
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In Unique secondary school, Arts Exhibition event is a programme that gives the students the opportunity to showcase their skills in various craft.
This year, the school held its Arts Exhibition on Saturday, 30th October, 2021. During the Exhibition, the students demonstrated their psychomotor abilities in areas such Calabash Decoration, Tie and dye, Batik, Drawing, Painting, Collage, Jewelleries production, Design and construction, Fashion and design, Sculpture, Paper weaving, Mosaic work, Graphics, Door heads, Badge and currency........Click here to read more

BEST TEACHER AWARD: UNIQUE SCHOOL CELEBRATES OWN PRINCIPAL, ORTSERGA SAMUEL
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Management and staff of Unique Secondary School Makurdi, today celebrated their Principal, Sesugh Samuel Ortserga, for winning the 2021 President's Teachers' and schools Excellence Awards (PTSEA). Ortserga emerged as the 4th Best Teacher in Nigeria, receiving a presidential handshake on this year's World Teachers' Day, held on 5th October, 2021, at Nigeria's Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Unique Secondary School's Proprietress, Mrs. Juliana Atume, is happy that Ortserga's hard work and commitment to duty has paid off with his award. In encouraging other teachers and staff of her school to "work hard because they can see now that hard work pays," Mrs. Atume described Unique Secondary as one of the best secondary schools in Benue State. The occasion was a testimony of the unique qualities of the school, its staff and indeed, the role of teachers in moulding the characters of children. Igba Ogbole, Director News and Current Affairs, Radio Benue congratulated Ortserga for emerging as the 4th Best 4th Teacher in the country. While commending and congratulating the management of Unique Secondary School for commitment to excellence, Ogbole expressed concern that the problem with development system today is that academics are not recognised by the society. According to Ignore, any society that refuses to celebrate its teachers is doomed, noting that teachers train all other professions. He concluded that the teacher should be better celebrated and thanked the education ministry for indicating interest to celebrate Ortserga. Ogbole, who expressed optimism that celebrating Ortserga will set example for others to also work hard, appeal to those in the larger society to emulate what Unique Secondary School is doing and particularly, the teaching staff that the award won by their colleague should be a motivation. In their separate goodwill messages, Makurdi LGA Chairman of National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Rev Daniel Lever, Barr. Tera Mue, PTA Chairman, Patrick, all commended the management of Unique Secondary School for providing conducive environment for teaching and learning. Ortserga dedicated his award to his colleagues. He noted that the award came to him as a surprise as he was not expecting it in the build up to the selection process. "I thought it was a joke when I was called to supply the necessary informations. But then after two weeks, I was called from the ministry of education that somebody was coming from Abuja to verify the information we have. "The person eventually came and I think after two weeks, I received a text message that made me not to sleep that night. That I was selected as one of the winners of the president's best teacher award of excellence," Ortserga said. Ortserga is happy and proud of Unique Secondary School for providing the necessary environment for the teachers and students alike to excel. He noted that hard work pays and advised his colleagues to be committed and dedicated to their duties, saying, it will surely pay. "The teachers reward is not in heaven; it is here on earth," Ortserga asserted. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education Makurdi, has said it will soon come out with a schedule for the celebration of the award winning Ortserga. Anhwo Titus, Director, Education Support Services, who represented the supervising Commissioner for Education, Makurdi, Dr. Godwin Emmanuel Oyiwona at the celebration said celebrating Ortserga will spur teachers to also do more in achieving excellence in impacting knowledge into students.

DON, UNIQUE SCHOOLS, PARTNER TO PROMOTE READING CULTURE
Head of Department of English at the Benue State University, Professor Moses  Tsenongu, has pledged to partner with the management of Unique Secondary School, Makurdi, to promote sustainable reading culture among students of the school.
He made the pledge at the presentation of awards to winners of the second edition of the Unique Schools Chairman's prize for Literature.
Professor Tsenongu said the Department would encourage other schools in Benue State to also emulate the initiative.
The prize was instituted by the Chairman of Unique Schools, Engr Felix Atume two years ago.
The Head of Department noted that since it was the brain that gives people the capacity to become influential and also opens doors of opportunities for them it was necessary to develop it through reading.
Principal Special Assistant to the Governor on Culture and Tourism, Mr. Tahav Agerzua, stated that his discovery of the benefits of reading early in life contributed greatly in lifting him to his current status and urged youths to invest time and resources in reading assorted books
He commended the initiative of Engr Atume and said it would go a long way in helping to shape the perspectives of students who imbibe the reading culture.
The Director, News and Current Affairs, Radio Benue Corporation, Mr. Igba Ogbole, who also commended the Engr Atume for the initiative, said reading exposes one to different cultures and places without necessarily traveling to the places mentioned in the books.
National General Secretary of the Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA, Mr. Maik Ortserga, said the literary body has introduced 'A book A Child' project to encourage children to read books on daily basis so as to introduce young people to reading early in life.
Immediate past Chairman of the Association in Benue State, Dr. Charles Iornumbe, expressed joy that the literary prize was in line with ANA's mandate and called for synergy of stakeholders to boost the reading culture among people in the state.
Other speakers at the event including the vice Chairman of ANA, Mrs. Regina Achie-Nege, and PTA Chairperson of Unique Schools, Mrs. Joyce Ortese, said they were happy that the chairman who is an Engineer by training had instituted the literary prize to encourage reading.

Engr Atume stated that he instituted the prize as a deliberate policy to underscore the importance of reading to students adding that reading was an imperative for any one to succeed in every profession.

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