By G9ija

The Naval Officer’s Wives Association (NOWA) on Wednesday commended the 115 graduating pupils of NOWA Nursery and Primary School, Mobile Road, Apapa and charged them to remain focused in their studies.

The National President, Mrs Aisha Gambo, gave the commendation at the school’s premises in Lagos State.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 38 pupils graduated from kindergarten 2 to Nursery one, 40 pupils graduated from Nursery 2 to Primary 1 while 37 primary pupils graduated to secondary school.

Gambo urged the graduands to continue to work hard and be determined to succeed no matter what as more challenges were bound to come their way in secondary school.

“Our lovely babies proceeding to nursery sections and those that will be moving to primary classes, I trust that I will see you in your next class by September.

“Having conquered the challenges that came with each of the stages, we are gathered here today to celebrate your achievement.

“I am sure that your parents who have believed in you through every phase of your academics for the past couple of years cannot be prouder.

She said that the academic performance and moral conduct of the pupils had been impressive and encouraging.

“I encourage parents to kindly continue to support us in the training and upbringing of our future generation,” she said.

Gambo applauded the efforts of all the teachers, saying that they all played a role in shaping the destiny of the children.

She specifically recognised Mrs Robert Rosemary and Mrs Adanko’ Rose (kindergarten 2 teachers), Mrs Otejiri Eunice and Miss Okezie Ngozi (Nursery 2 teachers) and Mrs Oyedoyin Titilayo and LED Isaac (Primary 5 teachers).

Also, the NOWA Parents, Teachers Association (PTA) Chairman, Mr Musa Wakawa, urged the graduands to focus on building character and not just intelligence.

“Your character is your identity not your intelligence. You can memorise and comprehend encyclopaedias but without the right character your chances in Iife are limited.

“With the right character there is no limit to what you can do, where you can go and who you can meet in the journey of life,” Wakawa said.

NAN reports that the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Jason Gbassa, also graced the occasion.

Plastic chairs and benches as well as a giant size photocopying machine was donated to the school.