By Philips Adefioye
Three Junior Secondary Schools in Eti Osa and Lakowe areas of Lagos State were beneficiaries of desks and benches, writing materials, sports wears and ten footballs each as a widows mite from the Dan Ngerem Sports Foundation, a non governmental organization recently.
The President of the Foundation, Dan Ngerem during the presentation said that this was part of the contribution of the Dan Ngerem Sports Foundation to the development of sports and education in Lagos State.
He said he was partnering with Lagos state as the government cannot do it alone, disclosing that he has been in Lagos for the past 30 years and he became what he is today through the State and as a result must give back to it in one way or other.
Ngerem told Saturday Vanguard sports that doing this was to encourage the students and their teachers because nobody knows as the next Wole Soyinka, Babatunde Fashola, president of the country, Usain Bolt, Segun Odegbami, doctors, engineers and lawyers could come from among them.
He therefore promised to be visiting the schools from time to time to know how the school is doing as he also urged others who are well to do in the society to emulate the Dan Ngerem Sports Foundation’s gesture, adding that there are some people who have these money but do not know where to invest it.
“We never know, the next Wole Soyinkas, Babatunde Fasholas, Segun Odegbamis of this world, the president of this great nation can be among these children. We have doctors, lawyers, engineers among these children that is why our foundation is donating to assist the school in education and sports.
“I have spent most of my life in Lagos. I have gained a lot in this state and I have to give back one way or other. Our hope and prayer is that our token and our gesture to your school would be emulated by others.
“I for one will not leave you alone, I will continue to ask questions to know how you are doing. I will continue to preach to my friends who have been blessed by God to continue to remember schools like yours and chip in where they have might to help,” he promised.
Meanwhile the Baale of Lakowe land, Alhaji Sidiku Ishola, described Dan Ngerem Sports Foundation as a good organisation which others that God has equally blessed should emulate.
The Baale said that sports and education work toget her, adding that aside the writing materials, desks and benches, the sports wear and footballs donated by the foundation was equal with the number the national team trains with which will help the school’s sports.
“This is another way to contribute to the society. Dan Ngerem Sports Foundation has brought joy to our community which is the best a human being can do. He (Ngerem) has shown that he is a detribalised Nigerian.
“Sports is very significant, it goes hand in hand with education and keeps the children away from social vices. The donation of sports wears and footballs will revive schools sports activities and I pray that God in his mercy will continue to bless the president of the Foundation, Mr Dan Ngerem because there are lots of people who are well to do in this country but never thought of donating to the needy,” the Baale stressed.