By Kingsley Umoh
Premeire Academy Lugbe, in Abuja on Tuesday, October 6, 2021, celebrated 80 students, who graduated from the prestigious citadel of learning.
In a memorable 12th valedictory service held at the school hall, encomiums and commendations were poured by the school management, parents, and guest on the 80 young learners, for their dedication to studies, hard work, commitment to excellence and good conduct throughout their years at the institution.
The Principal of the school, Mr. John Ogungbenro, in his welcome address said the school was proud of the outgoing students for being found worthy in both character and learning, urging them to continue to be good ambassadors of the school anywhere they may be.
Ogungbero noted that the school, since it was founded on October 15, 2005 as a centre of excellence and dignity, has remained consistently committed to its vision of raising excellent and quality future leaders, who are well guided and shaped by the standards of critical thinking, high achievements, ethical principles and discipline.
In his words the amiable principal said: ‘‘Premiere Academy was founded on 15th October 2005, with the sole aim of building leaders right from high school, who will grow to impact the world positively. We remain focused and committed to this ideal, not only in terms of pursuing excellence in learning but in all facets of our undertakings. And we assure our students, parents, prospective students and our stakeholders that our number one commitment remains making our school the number one choice good place to live and learn.’’
The principal, while reeling out the achievements of the school over the past 16 years, hinted that from the graduation of its first set of students in 2010 and enrolment of students for public examinations, Premiere Academy has been at the forefront of academic excellence.
An elated Ogungbero, further added that the school emerged Third Best School in the National Examinations Council (NECO) 2014; Second Best Candidate in the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in 2015; and Best School in the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) across West African sub- region in 2020.
In the same vein, the guest speaker of the occasion, Dr. Margee Ensign, who delivered a speech on the theme ‘lifelong learning,’ charged the students to always value knowledge, while underscoring the need for them to “Distinguish between what is real and what is fake. Evaluate information and transform it into knowledge”
Ensign added “The world is changing and connected and if you understand the change we can help change the environment to create a more sustainable future. The world is changing and we must all be life-long learners. Knowledge changes quickly. Knowledge will keep changing, there is no pause button. Your generation will decide where Nigeria will be in the next 21 years.
The education you have received at Premiere Academy has given you an outstanding foundation. The world needs your creativity and hard work; Nigeria’s future is in your hands.”
The best graduating student in her set, Miss. Omeiza Hannah Ozavize, encouraged her fellow students to strive and make a mark globally, as she revealed that she would miss her class mates.
Other highlights of the day were the presentation of awards/prizes to best students in various subjects, prefects, and excellent performers during competitions
Premiere Academy is a foremost boarding secondary school in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, with an excellent track record in academics and educational advancement, the school is designed to help her students actualize personal development, community service, and teamwork and leadership skills.
The school runs a British-Nigerian curriculum built on the best global standards, and provides students with a well-rounded academic experience comparable to any citadel of learning anywhere in the world.