BY DAYO ADESULU
The joy of James Aninyem knew no bound as hope to further his education came alive on Friday when the Senior Management Programme 47 class, Lagos Business School, Pan Atlantic University, Lagos took over its sponsorship from SS1 to SS3.
James 14, lost his father when he was four. After the sudden incidence, hope to further his education proved abortive until the elder sister who was a factory worker took up the challenge to sponsor him through her meagre earnings.
Miss Tonia Aninyem, James elder sister earns N25,650 monthly yet, she was able to save large percentage of her income every month to pay her brother fees to JSS3.
Tonia breathed a sigh of relieve when the SMP 47 class came to her rescue at a verge of calling it a quit when James finished JSS3 at the Ansar-Ud-Deen Grammar School, Surulere, Lagos.
Speaking at the presentation of N165,000 scholarship cheque for the first session to James, the President of Senior Management Programme set 47, PAN, Mr Ubong King, said that the gesture is part of his class’ responsibility to their community.
He noted that SMP 47 is looking at where it can add values to our community.
“In our class, we have identified that education is a limiting factor in the country as a lot of people do not have opportunity to go through school because of funding.
Therefore, students of the class have decided to put together resources under our CSR and go out to identify schools and students who really needed help. Once the class gives the approval, we support such children to ensure that they further their education.
“Statistics have it on record that 70 per cent of Nigerians are youth, and 40 per cent are untrained because their education is not working. If 40 per cent are untrained, this will defeat the future of Nigeria which will lead to crisis in future.
“Our choice of Ansar-Ud-Deen School was because the need came before us at the time we were searching for such to help. We discovered that if we do not do it in time, James will have to leave school for lack of fund. Irrespective of the religion, we had to come to save the situation.
Ubong urged the federal government and ASUU to be responsible to our children adding, “If they do not decide quickly on the present ASUU strike, not only will they miss the target of themselves, but will also lost a country of potential youths. Nigerians have talents and we need to fuel those talents to turn around the country and the economy.
He pointed out that the way out of our education backwardness is for corporate Nigerians to come out and help the children.
If the government are not doing what they should do, then corporate individuals have to come in and rebuild this broken walls by sponsoring less privilege children to schools.
Do not stop the child from going to school because at their young age is when they can learn. When they get to twenty-five, twenty-six, they will become ungovernable and irredeemable.