By Nnamdi Ojiego
Moved by the poor performance of students in last NECO exam and following the call by the Registrar of NECO, Prof Okpala that stakeholders should intensify efforts in ensuring improvement in the sector, the Edo Amity Club (EAC), Lagos, a non- political organisation that engages in patriotic, philanthropic and charitable activities for the upliftment and progress of Edo people has initiated a project called â€˜one child, one bookâ€™ as part of its efforts to addressing the rot in the education system.
Speaking during the mobilization dinner of the project held recently at the Lagoon Restaurant, Lagos, the President of the club, Mr. Richard Nosa Obaraye said the project was aimed at making books available to every Edo child. He said they were concerned about the decay in the education sector, and in the future of Edo child.
According to him, what the club is doing now was in line with its motto of â€˜All for one, One for allâ€™, which was also part of their efforts to give back to the society. â€œThe cardinal principle of Edo Amity Club is to strive at all times to change the lives of the people of Edo State for the betterâ€, adding thatÂ â€œThis is what we are trying to achieve through education because education is the best legacy we can leave for the future generations.â€
Mr Obaraye said the one child, one book initiative will make books available to Edo students and increase the reading culture among them which is fast disappearing. He revealed that their aim was to raise over 750 million naira in the next five years through donations from individuals and groups.
He said the club was encouraged by the performance of Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, particularly in the area of education. â€œWe realized that government can not solve the problem of education alone, so, this project is one of the ways we support the state government in its efforts to revitalize the education system.â€
Meanwhile, the Governor of Edo State, Comr. Adams Oshiomhole, has lauded the EAC for the loftyÂ initiative of giving every school child in Edo a book, and for partnering with the governmentÂ to raise the standard of education in the state, and called on the every well meaning individuals and groups to pay back to the society by investing in education.
Gov. Oshiomhole who was represented by his Commissioner for Education Mrs Ngozi Osareren, said the government has taken a systemic approach to tackling the decay in the education system in the state. He said education remained an important, immortal legacy for every citizen. â€œEducation is the only thing that can propel a country forward.â€
He said the situation they met in Edo State was so bad that most of the students were sitting on bare floor to learn.â€œWhen we came in power, education was in near comatose. Students were sitting on bare floor.
In some cases, you find five teachers teaching the same subject in one school, while in another school, they have only two teachersâ€, he said, adding that to tackle this problem, his administration has awarded contracts worth over 1.5 billion naira on furniture.
He added that his government has also embarked on total renovation and construction of new classroom blocks to provide conducive environment for learning.
No doubt, the efforts of EAC will go a long way in changing the face of our education system for the better. Again, this should be a wake up call to other Nigerians to partner with government to redeem the future of this country by investing in education.