By Maryam Abeeb, Abuja
The Principal of the Kwara State School for Special Needs, Ilorin, Alhaja Fausat Aroyehun, has appealed to philanthropists and other well-meaning individuals to take up the sponsorship of orphans in the school.
Aroyehun recently made the appeal in Ilorin, capital of the state.
She said, “We want to appeal to philanthropists to take up the sponsorship of the education of the orphans. We have four of them here in our primary and secondary schools and we are looking for those that will take up their education. They are brilliant pupils. We shall be glad if somebody offers to sponsor one of them up to university level.”
Aroyehun also appealed to philanthropists to assist the school by donating more buildings in the school, stressing that the school, which is solely funded by the state government, was in need of shelter for its pupils.
In his speech, the Oloba of Eju land, Alhaji Maroof Afolayan, who also presented food items and toileteries to the pupils, said that he would consider the principal’s request.
Promising to intervene by providing scholarship awards to the pupils and providing teaching and learning aids, he said the gesture had no political colouration and added that it was his own way of giving back to.
“Rather than spending money on frivolous things, l implore all well-meaning residents of Kwara State to commit their resources to impacting positively on the less privileged in the society.
“It is obvious that government cannot do it alone hence it behoves on us as individuals, groups, NGOs and corporate organisations to support this administration by making life more meaningful for every resident of the state.
“If we think first of what we can do for our communities and not what we stand to benefit, the society will be better for all.
“As part of my effort to impact positively on the less privileged in the society, l have floated a Non Govermental Organisation called Oloba Maroof Afolayan lnitiative,” Afolayan said.
He also said the foundation would among other services provide employment and empowerment opportunities to teeming youths and women, especially widows in all parts of the state.