By Moses Alinda
ARUA: The advice was given by peter Gift the RWC three chairperson Rhino camp refugee settlement while presiding over as the chief guest during the handover ceremony of the south Sudanese students association (SSUSA) at Arua town secondary school in Awindiri, Arua city.
Gift said the only reason why some parents have remained in south Sudan and sent the young ones as refugees is for them to attain quality education.
He said there are bursaries which serious students can acquire and urged all the refugee students to get attachments to various camps in west nile if they have not attained the refugee status.
Okoth Phillips who represented Mr. Ramadan, the Chief Executive Officer of Blue Dove advised student leaders to use their leadership as a symbol of unity for all the south Sudanese students regardless of the tribe, color, regions, states, County, language among others. On what Blue Dove, he echoed on what the enterprise does and its influence in the society. Okoth pointed out that the company deals in hotel management, fuel business (petrol station) and other businesses. He asserted that the company operates within the region and currently established in Uganda and South Sudan with operating locations in Koboko, Arua, Kiryandongo (Kigumba), Gulu and Juba.
He also thanked the school administration for the support they have given to the refugee students in terms of achieving their educational dreams and advised the stakeholders to always play their roles.
On students, Okoth advised the students of Arua Town Secondary School to be discipline, respectful, focus, creative and innovative in their quest for excellence if they want to become responsible citizens the way Mr. Ramadan has done. “Students should avoid drug abuse”. Phillips expressed! This drug abuses will lead to crimes and unwanted pregnancies, school dropout and early pregnancies he asserted! He explained while addressing the student community of Arua Town secondary school and sisterly schools present that Blue Dove has employed more than one hundred young men and women in Uganda and south Sudan as one of its corporate social responsibility. Through the company representative during the occasions, Mr. Okoth led the fund raising campaign geared towards addressing some of the challenges faced by SSUSA student general body.
Idriss Isa the head teacher of the school who doubles as the patron of SSUSA said the parents should stop looking at their girl child as wealth.
He advised them to change their mind set and embrace education as key to most of the challenges.
At the same ceremony the new leadership was sworn in and handed tools for administration.
SSUSA has been in existence for 19 years at Arua town secondary school.
A number of South Sudanese students have achieved their education goals through the association guided by the school administration.
SSUSA is an association that brings together South Sudanese students under one umbrella.
Arua town secondary school which has lasted for over 19 years has a total population of over 500 students and out of these over 200 students are South Sudanese.
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