By Olasunkanmi Akoni
As part of efforts to inculcate reading culture in children and other residents of Ejigbo, Hope and Dreams Initiative, a non-governmental organisation, NGO based in United States of America, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding. MoU with the Ejigbo Local Council Development Area,LCDA to build a library in the area.
The signing of the MoU was the high point of a essay competition put together by the NGO and the LCDA.
The Chairman, of Ejigbo LCDA, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan signed the MOUon behalf of the Council,while the chief executive officer of the NGO,Mrs Nguzo Onovo signed on behalf of her organization.
Onovo explained that initiative was prompted by the passion exhibited by the chairman. The passion, she said, encouraged her to open the window of collaboration between her NGO and the council towards improving the standard of education for the children.
Onovo who is a Nigerian based in USA explained that her organization was basically set up to develop reading culture among children all over the world. She hopes to provide a solid foundation for the actualization of this objective in Nigeria.
According to her, Ejigbo LCDA is the first council in the country to benefit from the NGO’s initiative. Commending Bamigbetan for committing much of the Council’s resources to the educational development of children and youth of the LCDA, she gave the assurance the NGO would also collaborate with the council to conduct summer reading program every long vacation for the children.
Responding, Mr. Bamigbetan expressed profound appreciation to Onovo and her NGO for supporting his administration in its effort to secure a brighter future for children in the local government.
“With your decision to partner with our council to build a library furnished with books,computers and other educational materials, you have planted a seed which at the end of its germination,will benefit the society. For us in Ejigbo LCDA, this is just the beginning for our children. We will continue to strive to equip them with necessary educational skills to enable them become useful to themselves and the society at large,”Bamigbetan said.