By Emmanuel Akula
The Catholic Bishop of Makurdi Diocese and proprietor of all Catholic schools in the diocese has approved the appointment of Mr. Philip Ahembe as the acting Principal of Mt. St. Gabriel’s Secondary School, Makurdi till further notice following the administrative leave of the Principal, Father John Asen.
Bishop Wilfred Anagbe through the Director of Catholic Education Services for Makurdi Diocese, Father Terungwa Tor, had earlier directed Father John Asen to vacate his office on Administrative Leave with immediate effect following a preliminary investigation in a petition against him bothering on the physical abuse and torture of some students.
The Bishop appreciated Father Asen for his dedication and hard work for the past six years as Principal of the school which he said have not only sustained legacies left by Father Angus Fraser but has also brought rapid growth to the school, and prayed God to bless him as he continue to work in His vineyard.
While calling on staff and students of the famous school to accord the acting Principal needed support to succeed, he expressed confidence in the ability of Mr. Ahembe as an accomplished administrator to keep the school afloat using his wealth of experience over the years.
Father John Asen in a speech thanked God, Bishop Anagbe for the graces and opportunity to make his mark in the education of the Nigerian child.
He equally appreciated Father Tor, Staff and students of the school for the cooperation while serving as principal. He begged for forgiveness of mistakes committed while overseen affairs of the school.
The acting Principal, Mr. Ahembe in an acceptance speech, appreciated God and Bishop Anagbe for the opportunity to serve, saying that it came as a surprise but however expressed optimism that he was going to succeed with the blessing of God, and support of the Bishop, staff and students of the school.
He saluted the selfless service offered by Father Asen for the growth of the school and prayed God to bless and continue to be with him.
Mr. Philip Ahembe until his elevation was the Vice Principal Academics of the famous Mt. St. Gabriel’s Secondary School, Makurdi. The handover took place on Thursday, March 24, 2021.