The gate of St. Joseph School (SJS) campus, Chumukedima was inaugurated by Nosazol Charles, deputy development commissioner, department of planning and co-ordination on March 1 and blessed by the principal of the school, Rev. Fr. Sabu Chenackal.
The inaugural function was attended by various religious and public leaders, and members of the school managing board, parents, well wishers and students.
Speaking at the inaugural function, chief guest, Nosazol Charles asserted that for Nagas, the gate is part and parcel of life. He said the gate had been constructed outside the village in order to protect the village and the first line of defense and to perform religious rituals.
Quoting the Bible, chief guest said when Abraham, the patriarch wanted to bury his wife Sarah; he listened to the elders sitting at the gate of the town of the Hittites (Gen. 23: 10). The chief guest also encouraged the students to work hard to build a personal/life gate in order to stand the temptations and social evils.
He also said the principal and teachers helped the students to build themselves in order that they would be able to eliminate the menace of drugs, alcoholism, hatred, jealousy and envy. He also urged the students to become leaders, true persons and assets for the family and nation.
He also lauded late Bishop Abraham, the first Bishop of Kohima Diocese to whom the gate was dedicated, for his vision and far-sightedness in buying this land twenty five years back.
Earlier, the Principal welcomed all the dignitaries and well wishers to the short function that was organized in honour of the inauguration of the school gate.
In particular he thanked late. Tolie Kuotsu, the former owner of the land for donating the land to the Church.
He also stressed that the fixing of the date of inauguration was a providential coincidence because twenty five years back it was in the month of March that the transaction of the land took place. Besides the month of March is dedicated to St. Joseph by the Catholic Church in whose honour the school is named. Cultural items presented by the students, added colour to the occasion.