From Femi Oyelola Kaduna
The Rotary Club of Kawo, Kaduna has reconstructed two classrooms in Sabo Gari, Damishi community in Chikun local government area of Kaduna State
The President of the Club , ROTN Juliet Azubike said over 200 pupils staying at home without school to go would benefit from the project.
The project according to her is an intervention project, covering basic education, sanitation and environmental protection after a careful need assessment in the community.
In her welcome address at the commissioning of the primary school building, Rotarian Azubike said the school in question was earlier erected by the community, but it had gone into oblivion over the years with dilapidated structures, without furniture’s and toilet facility to cater for over 200 pupils from the four communities in the area.
Consequently, it was gathered that the school age children in the area resorted to menial jobs like hawking and petty trading during the period of lack of functional school in the community.
However, on getting to the community, the Rotary officials held meeting with the leaders, and they said erecting of primary school for their children is their priority.
The Dakachi (Village Head) of Sabo Gari Damishi, Mr. Ishiaku Damishi and other community leaders gave Rotary the nod to build a primary school for the communities in the area.
To this end, the Rotary club, Kawo, Kaduna moved into action, built and furnished the primary school, and as well donated exercise books to all the pupils.
The Kawo Rotary went further to build a 3-room toilet facility as well as planting economic trees around the school in order to provide shades and fruits in future for the pupils. The trees will also conserve the environment.
According to Kawo Rotary club President, the primary school projects in Damishi community cost the club over N2 million.
She however appealed to Northerners to initiate Rotary in their states, in view of the benefits that would be derived by the downtrodden, partibilarly in area of education.
The commissioning ceremony of the school projects was done by the District Governor, Rotary District 9125, Nnoka Mbanefo Ositadinma.
In his speech on the occasion, the District Governor explained that the money was spent all over the world in ensuring quality education for the downtrodden, adding that Rotary’s intervention is also felt in several other areas of the country.
“Rotary is a humanitarian organisation set up to do service programmes in our society. People who are hungry, we provide food for them, communities that lack healthcare facilities, we provide interventions through medical services and in many other areas, we touch lives educationally,” he explained.
Ositadinma said that contrary to the belief of some, Rotary with its 1.3 million worldwide and 8,000 Nigeria membership is not a secret cult, but a group that attracts like minds from Nigeria’s major religions of Christianity and Islam, united in solving challenges of the downtrodden.
“Rotary is not a cult. It is for everyone who is welcome to join us from all tribes and religions. In Rotary, both the Muslims and the Christians respect the other’s way of life,” he added.
Responding, the Village Head of Damishi community, Malam Ishiaku Damishi, thanked Rotary for the gesture, while assuring the Rotary that all the school age children must return to school.