By Chiebuka Enwere
The Executive Director, Corporate Services, UAC Nigeria PLC, Mr Joe Dada has reiterated the company’s resolve to stem the tide of increasing deterioration in Nigeria’s education sector.
Dada who was speaking at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Free Weekend Classes organised as part of UAC’s Goodness League Initiative for students in Lagos State said: “Since 2008, our company has been doing good – in line with UAC’s corporate tagline – and leading from the front in the grand march to stem the tide of increasing deterioration of the educational infrastructure and programmes in our country.”
He called on other Nigerians, especially with the right structures and institutions, to “join the march towards lifting our country out of the mire of backwardness and underdevelopment which the deterioration portends especially for the youths.”
Also speaking, the Tutor-General/Permanent Secretary, Education District 1 in Lagos State, Dr. Olufolayimika Ayandele, commended UAC for bringing the Free Weekend Classes to the District this year.
She noted that 300 students were coached under the scheme and the impact of the knowledge the students received would go a long way in making them better and productive citizens in future.
She pointed out that as the largest Education District in the state, with a student population of 130,000 and workforce of 5,000, UAC through, the scheme made contact with about 7,500 students.
She urged UAC to continue its focus on the District so as to increase the number of beneficiaries.
She disclosed that the District will continue to partner with corporate organisations like UAC to introduce new schemes that will appeal to the intrinsic values of the students so as to make learning more interesting.
She said because the Free Weekend Classes took place in District 1 this year, 90 teachers who had the responsibility of coaching students during the holidays had the opportunity to rest.
The UAC Free Weekend Classes for SSS3 students in Lagos which was extended to Government Senior College Agege and ran for six weekends, recorded an impressive turnout as over 30 schools in the district registered for the scheme.
UAC in realising the goals of the Goodness League adopted both the hard and soft issues.
While the hard issues focus on the provision of equipment and infrastructure development, the soft issues involve active engagement in the teaching and instruction of students through a volunteer scheme.