Name and Type of School. The official name of the school is Nigerian Navy Secondary School Akpabuyo Calabar (NNSS Calabar). The school is a co-educational full-boarding secondary school.
Date of Establishment. NNSS Calabar was established on Saturday 4 August 2006.
Location. The School is located at Ikot Offiong Ambai Village of Akpabuyo LGA of Cross River State. It occupies an expansive 54 hectares space about 15km from the UJ Esuene Stadium in the Calabar City centre and sited 500m off the Calabar Ikang highway, opposite the Nigerian Police Secondary School.
Purpose of Establishment. Due to further expansion of the Nigerian Navy in the Eastern Naval Command in the 1980s, the need for capacity expansion of welfare facilities became obvious. As a result, NNSS Calabar was planned as early as 2001. However, project discontinuance associated with funding challenges delayed its establishment until 2006. The primary role of the school is to provide qualitative education for secondary school aged children of serving and retired NN personnel, other services and civilians. It is envisioned to be a clear leader in educational development of young Nigerians.
Leadership and Management. The school is managed by the School Management Committee headed by the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral JO Aikhomu. The day to day activities of the school is overseen by a Commandant. The pioneer Commandant was Captain A Kpou who is now a Commodore and the Director of Naval Education. The current Commandant is Commander RR Eleazu-Uriri and the Deputy Commandant in Lieutenant Commander AJ Bello. Other members of the school’s management team are:
c. Vice Principal Academics (Senior) Mr BE Achibong
d. Vice Principal Academics (Junior) Mrs NE Asuquo
e. Vice Principal Administration (Senior) Mrs MR Usoro
f. Vice Principal Administration (Junior) Mrs FA Bisong
Organisation. NNSS Calabar has a students’ population of 937 from JSS 1 to SSS 3. Each class is organised into 5 arms named after Nigerian Navy Ships (NNS) Agu, Ayam, Damisa, Ekpe and Ekun. Additionally, the students are administered in 4 houses named after past Flag Officers Commanding Eastern Naval Command. These are Admirals GT Adekeye, M Ajadi, SL Baje and PS Adeniyi.
School Activities. At inception, NNSS Calabar was envisioned to offer a comprehensive and total school experience to students. In terms of academics, it implements the total spectrum of the National Basic Education curriculum. Bouyed by an expansive school compound, NNSS Calabar offers opportunities for all kinds of sports and games and its annual Inter House Sports competitions is an important event in the school calendar. No wonder, the young school is now well known in sports in Cross River State. Other special school activities include military parades and ceremonies, Projects and Arts Exhibitions, Speech and Prize Giving Day, Valedictory Service, Career Week, Christmas Carol Night and Graduation Dinner. After 6 years of steadfast preparations, the school presented 93 candidates for the first WASC Examinations in May/June 2012.
Outstanding Achievements Among the major achievements of the school are:
a. NNSS Calabar recorded 100% success in terms of candidates who scored 5 credits and above including English Language and Mathematics in the May/June 2012 WASc Examinations. Indeed, it emerged as the best school amongst NN Secondary Schools in the examinations.
b. Master Franklyn Agweye Akpong who emerged Best Student in the School and indeed all Navy Schools and the Second Best in Cross River State in 2012 WASC Examinations.
c. Master Ekwere Aniekanabasi emerged first in Cross River State and one of the Ten finalist in the Junior Category of the 2013 Cowbell National Secondary School Mathematics Competition.
Future Prospect: NNSS Calabar is still growing and developing in terms of infrastructure and facilities. It has the potential of becoming a centre of academic excellence and the best institution for secondary school education in Cross River State in particular and Nigerian in general.