Samuel Bill Secondary school, established by Qua Iboe Church, will be reopened in September 2022 after being closed down for 33-years.
Founded in 1979, the school was shut down after students’ demonstration in 1989.
Located in Abak local government area of Akwa Ibom State, Samuel Bill was originally owned by the Qua Iboe Church, which later split into United Evangelical church.
The President of the alumni association, Mr. Churchill Udoh said in a statement after a re-union ceremony held yesterday in Uyo that the school will be reopened in partnership with both the Qua Iboe and United Evangelical church, which are the two factions of the original Qua Iboe Church that founded the school.
He said a lot of renovation work had been carried out in the school preparatory to its reopening in September 2022.
“The Samuel Bill Secondary School, Abak will reopen its gate to students come September 2022,.The Qua Iboe Church owned school was shut down in 1989 after students’ demonstration and since then the doors have remained closed.
“A lot of work had been done towards rebuilding infrastructure and putting the right structures in place to reopen the school. And this will be in partnership with both the Qua Iboe Church and United Evangelical Church, who are the two factions of the original Qua Iboe Church that berthed the school,” he said.
Udoh explained that the school operated for only ten years since 1979 adding that due to the quality of training, many graduates of the school are today in various leadership positions in government, business, professional practice and church administration.
He said the vision of the alumni to reopen the school was to continue the tradition of excellence, train children to lead in the next generation and compete as the one of the best schools in Africa.
Udo also disclosed that during at the re-union, the conference chairman of the United Evangelical Church, Rev. Dr. Samuel Ebukiba, was inducted as honorary member, Samuel Bill Old Boys Association.
He said the awardee was decorated by the conference chairman of Qua Iboe Church, Rev. Ekpedeme Effanga.
He added that Effanga is an honorary member of the association having been earlier inducted in 2017.
Udoh also said both churches had assured the alumni of their support to the new school.