By EMMANUEL ELEBEKE
As part of its efforts at giving back to the society, the alumni association of Nigerian students in Ashton University , United Kingdom has donated 375 books worth over N22.5 million to Ikoyi club.
Making the donation, a member of the Ashton alumni committee, Mr. Ayo Adeola said that the gesture nicknamed Book for Nigeria Project in Ashton University was there own way of showing appreciation to the society that brought them up.
The book donation which was in its third series, had been extended to the University of Ilorin, University of Ado Ekiti and University of Lagos and is made up of latest professional books that covers various sectors including law, medicine, architecture, business, business among others.
“It is our community social responsibility. We are just trying to give back to the society that brought us up. I just came back to witness the third of the book donation in Nigeria.
The books project is a brain child of Ayo Ajayi Adegun and myself. As Nigerian students in Aston university, we noticed that Aston university had law books and they kept supplying more and more to the book stores.
We felt we could get some of those books to be useful in Nigeria. So, we decided to talk to the authority of the university, we met the library and business school members. It took a lot of time but we were able to gain their trust. After series of meetings, they decided to partner with us.
Also commenting on the donation, the Chairman of Michael Olorunfemi Foundation, and financier of the project, Chief Micheal Olorunfemi said “The motivating factor behind this book donation is the need for good books in Nigeria.
We felt that it is necessary that we donate these books to Ikoyi club which has professionals and educated people, so that they can play the role they can play the role they can play for the society.
We go there collect the books and bring them here to Nigeria with our own money and distribute them to universities, without additional cost to the donor and any cost to the recipients. With this donation, students of these schools and members of Ikoyi club, will no longer have an excuse for not reading .
We may not be able to reach out to as many people as possible now, but with time we will reach out to other universities across the country,” said Chief Olorunfemi.
The Chairman of Ikoyi Club, Richard Giwa Osagie, “It is quite impressive that the donors remembered Ikoyi Club in this noble e. The books are not for secondary school students but professionals, so that professionals who are members of this club can always come in here to read apart from recreation, have sober reflection and have additional knowledge. We are all learning every day.
Nobody has the monopoly of wisdom. He noted that knowledge is the greatest weapon against poverty and and that the greatest assault on man’s dignity. “When you are knowledgeable and perform better in the various aspect of life.