A corporate organisation, IHS Towers in collaboration with International Centre for Women Empowerment and Child Development (ICWECD) on Wednesday in Asaba distributed school uniforms to pupils from three primary schools in Oshimili South Local Government Area of Delta.
Presenting the uniforms to the pupils in Asaba, the Project Manager of the Organisation, Mr. James Igwe, said that his organisation, which has its headquarters in London, has its head office in Lagos.
He said that the organisation is one of the largest independent owners, operators and developers of shared telecommunications infrastructure and tower operators in the world.
Igwe said, ”Our services in Nigeria have made it possible for us to perform our social responsibility to communities in the country.
”And we are happy today that we are partnering with ICWECD to put smiles on the faces of vulnerable children in the state. ”
Igwe, while commending ICWECD for its humanitarian services in touching the lives of the vulnerable in the society, noted that ”we are happy and challenged with what your organisation is doing in targwting the vulnerable. Partnering with your organisation has enabled us to give back to the society.
In her address of welcome, the Programme Director of ICWECD, Mrs. Tina Odunna, noted that the importance of educational empowerment of children could not be overstated.
Education is the gateway to success and it is generally agreed that no greater investment can be made towards the progress and future of our society than the educational development of children.
I am happy to welcome you all to this presentation ceremony for the school uniforms donated by IHS Towes to vulnerable primary school pupils in Asagba, Zappa and Abu-Ator 2 primary schools in Oshimili South Local Government Area of the state.
We felicitate with the 75 beneficiaries from the three schools,” she said.
On her part, The Executive Assistant to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Special Duties, Mrs. Bridget Anyafulu reiterated that the state government was committed to the welfare and development of children in the state.
Anyafulu said: ”The state governor sees the educational empowerment of children as a major basis for the prosperity, security and sustainability of our state in the future.
” It is for this reason that the state would continue to accord high priority to the implementation of the free education policy at primary and junior secondary levels in the state.
”However, the education development of our children cannot be the sole responsibility of the government. The contribution of all stakeholders are both vital and necessary.
“I will like to use this opportunity to appeal to all stakeholders to step forward and join hands with government to ensure that no child in the state is denied the benefits of education for any reason.
Responding on behalf of the head teachers of the schools, Mr. Emma Okakwu, who commended the organisation for the gesture, advised well meaning Deltans and corporate organisations to join hands with government in helping to contribute towards the development of education in the country