By Dayo Adesulu
The Executive Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Mrs.GbolahanÂ Khadijat Daodu has called on all and sundry who love education and the future of the Nigerian children to rise up and emulate the good gesture ofÂ Amazing Edu-care Foundation, a non governmental organisationÂ who recently presented one thousand uniforms to the pupils ofÂ Ajeromi/ Ifelodun Local Government Area.
She said that the government appreciates any individual or organization which joins hands with the government to enhance higher educational development in Lagos State. Daodu made this known at the official presentation of the uniforms to pupils of the local government by the president of the NGO, Miss Ogbonna Amaka, a lady of tender age who abandoned a well-paid banking job for charity.
According to Amaka, the vision to provide school uniforms to pupils came when she saw a lot of pupils going to school with toned uniforms. Hence she came up with a mandate to consistently dress up children from school to school, state to state as much as possible at least one hundred students per school; to stimulate stakeholders in our educational sector to develop interest and concern in the area of clothing our students effectively and to cultivate in the lives of our children the values of good and proper dressing early in life as this will help to curb the level of improper dressing we see in our society today.
To make this project achievable she said, the NGO solicited the support of individuals and organizations in anyway they can, adding that with N1,000 you would have successfully clothe a student head to toe, stressing that on their own, they have opened a tailoring outfit where all these uniforms are made. Her words:
â€œWe need more sewing machines to enable us meet up with the high demand we have discovered in the various schools and a 14 seater bus to enable us move the materials which are bulky to schools. If you are touched, please partner with us by supplying clothing materials or donate sewing machines and you will never lose your rewards.â€
Also speaking, NUT Chairman Ajeromi Ifelodun branch, Comrade Shemudara Toluwalase said
Amaka, the CEO, has thrown a great challenge to us all. She is asking and demanding of us, of what use we have put our God -given endowment to assist humanity – the less privileged, the less fortunate and the deprived. To her, no justification to consider this a wasted generation. No reason to berate government for her fortune or otherwise.â€™â€˜
He went on further:â€˜â€™More importantly, the task to our elected public office holders who continue to amass wealth at the expense of the electorates as if people, wealthy people defile death and even when dead are buried with part of their riches, to whom benevolent is not done for its sake but for the anticipated political gains.
Those whose representatives are inept and inconsequential.â€™â€˜ Toluwalase explained that,
hundreds of thousands of children of school age roam the streets, hawking along the expressway. â€˜â€™Our names will be recorded in gold, if we establish homes for these homeless, provide hope for these hopeless, change their orientation through education, national awareness, national conscience will be awaken. In this regard, efforts to rebrand Nigeria and her peoples will not be necessary.
To the recipients (our pupils) you must defend this investment on you. Strive to excel in your studies to be in position as you grow to pay back to your immediate society, even as the local government councils and the Lagos State are furiously upgrading schools, by way of renovation for the betterment of you pupils.â€™â€˜