By Musa Adamu
A Non- governmental Organization has come to the aid of indigents pupils of public schools in Keffi with a donation of N3.5 million worth of exercise books..
The NGO, Maiguda Foundation, said it was moved to intervene with the exercise books worth N3.5 million by the hardship parents of pupils in public schools go through to send their children to school.
According to the Chairman of the Foundation who spoke at the public presentation of booke, Alh. Mohammad Idris, the move is also meant to challenge the privileged ones in the society to do more for the children of the less privileged.
He expressed the hope that “ this little gesture will help in adding to the quality of education in our public schools and challenge others to key into the move.
“In line with this we are calling on individuals and groups who are well to do in the society to come forward to help our public schools. It is no longer in doubt that our public schools are in dire needs and it will take the efforts of all of us to provide these needs. Hence, it is my prayer that we will all take up this as a challenge and begin to give back to the society where we all derive our identity from.”
Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Foundation, Dr Samson Adewale Adegoke, who disclosed that as a pupil in the 60s he enjoyed public school, further explained that he was only giving back to the society through the Foundation.
Represented by Mr Amao Ola, Dr Adegoke added that it was time for the people to see giving back to the society as a debt they must pay back instead of a mere gesture.
He said: “ I am only giving back to the society. This is where I did my primary education in the 60s. Baptist Primary School is a part of all I have become today. Hence, I am only paying back a token from what I had the privilege of enjoying. I call on all to join the Foundation so that we can all contribute in making Keffi greater.”
In his goodwill message, the Education Secretary of Keffi LGC, Prince Emmenuel Barau, expressed the gratitude of his office and Keffi LGC to the Foundation, calling on other “members of the society emulate the laudable gesture.”
A Youth Leader, Abdulrashid Haruna said he was overwhelmed “by this show of love from this personality. I personally feel challenged by this gesture an I want to believe others too feel the same way.
“We all agreed that there is serious decadence in our public education. It is our duty to cone forward to arrest the drift.”
Deputy Head of Finance, Federal Medical Center, Keffi, Mrs Nalon Okonifua, said she felt “particularly good about this move because we hope others would feel challenge and key in.”
According to a Chartered Accountant with the FMC, Mr Wale, the gesture from the Foundation is a wakeup call to other members of the society.
Headmaster of the hosting Primary School, the Baptist Primary School, Umar Lawan, declared that the gesture would “no doubt add to the educational growth of the pupils. Your action has made you a part of their upbringing and you will have a part in whatever they live to become tomorrow.