By John EGBOKHAN
Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi, ex-international Paul Okoku, and Godwin Odiye last week, put smiles on the faces of pupils of St. Paul Primary School, Ebute Metta, Lagos, when they donated computer systems for the use of the kids.
At a brief but emotion-laden ceremony held inside the school’s premises, the former Nigerian soccer heroes, presented five computer systems and two laptops to the school authorities. It was the first time that a public primary school in the vicinity would be receiving such technological freebies from these soccer heroes
Speaking on what informed the donation, Okoku, who resides in the United States of America, said that it was actually him that conceived the idea of giving three computers to the school that he had his first slice of formal education.
He noted that when he told Keshi, who also attended the same school, of his plans, that the Eagles gaffer gladly welcomed it and told him of his readiness to partner in the lofty project, which necessitated the purchase of additional computers
He said that his mother’s death made him to think of what to do for those still alive.
“When I came home for my mother’s burial, I thought of what to do for my primary school and told Keshi of my plans and he said that he wanted to be part of it.
So we decided to give these computer items to the school because we want our kids to have the best equipment at their learning disposal.
“I brought men who share the same vision with me to invest part of their resources into the development of the primary school that gave us life and their response encouraged me. I am sure that other colleagues of ours would join us when next we want to execute more projects for this school”, added Okoku.
Keshi said that he did it to identify with the school that he cut his teeth as a pupil
“This is about me identifying with my roots. This is where it all started for me and I’m happy to be doing this for these young pupils and hope that the kids would benefit from it. I am not doing this for anyone to emulate me. I am doing this because I was once here and had to come and identify with them”, said Keshi..