By Festus Ahon
ASABA—A socio-cultural group, ASDEV’81 Club of Asaba, has distributed exercise books worth thousands of naira to seven primary schools in Asaba, the Delta State capital, as part of its effort to promote education in the state.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after the distribution of the exercise books, the National President of the club, Ogbueshi Ochuba Ogbolu represented by Asaba chapter chairman, Ogbueshi Tony Akaraiwe, urged Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to provide more furniture “to schools, especially writing desks to enable pupils and students learn and write comfortably.”
Ogbolu said the state government could not do everything alone, disclosing that “The Rotary Club in 2017 donated 100 chairs and desks to Ahor Primary School and I will carry this message to my club and let us see what we can do.”
“We have spent over N400, 000 to print the exercise books and we are happy to distribute these books to the various schools. We are happy because we saw the children are very happy while we were distributing the exercise books to them.”
He said the gesture was to assist pupils and students whose parents could not buy books for, calling on other philanthropic individuals and organisations to reach out to the less privileged people in the society.
At Oneh Primary School I II, the Head Teacher and Head Mistress, Mrs Benedicta Akpoku and Mrs Rose Monye in their separate remarks thanked the club for the gesture, adding that it would go a long way in assisting the pupils in their academic pursuits.
A member of the Club, who finished from Oneh Primary School, Ven Augustus Asiekwu, said the school has improved from what it used to be, noting “government has done a good job. I will advise that whatever you find doing in school, take it serious because you may come back there either as a teachers or to say this is my Almamata but if you take things casually, the way children are doing it now, you cannot make it life and you will not be bold or confident to come back to your almamata to tell people I passed through here.”