BY ANDREW IKEHI
The people of Oligie Community in Igbanke, Orhionmwon local Government Area of Edo State were at the weekend agog with jubilation as a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) “David and Margaret Ngegu (DAMAN) Foundation” built and donated a block of three classrooms with State-Of-The-Art facilities to one of the Primary Schools in the locality.
Beyond the block of Classrooms, the organisation also, donated water facility as well as over three thousand branded note books to the School, just as it announced an annual educational fund of N200,000 to any of the best graduating pupil from the school, henceforth.
Making the donation, the Chairman, DAMAN Foundation, Mr. Sunday Ngegu, said that the gesture was part of efforts by the foundation in memory of their late father, Mr. David Ngegu, who, many years ago, was a pupil of the school and an honour to their mother, Mrs. Margaret Ngegu whom, he noted, stood behind their father to accord them (their children) quality education.
“This foundation was set up in their honour to continue the legacies both of them had bequeathed to us, their children. We decided to prioritise education in this regard because our father, while he was alive made the education of his children and others a matter of utmost priority.
“Again, we decided to begin our educational developmental efforts from this school, Oligie Primary School because, our father, started his educational career from this same school many years ago”, Mr. Ngegu said.
Receiving the donation on behalf of the community and Edo State Government, the Vice Chairman, Orhionmwon Local Government Council, Mr. Monday Igwuobase, commended the foundation for the gesture just as he noted that as part of deliberate efforts in salvaging the educational sector from its present situation across the country, there is the urgent need for robust private and public collaboration.
He particularly lauded the initiative of DAMAN Foundation for coming to the aid of the School and community, just as he charged other well-meaning sons and daughters of the community to take a cue from the foundation and lift a finger of assistance to the needy in the society.
In their various remarks, some of the community leaders who included the traditional ruler of the Community, HRH Samuel Osunde, the Enogie of Ottah Community, HRH (Dr) Julius Isitor, President General, Igbanke Development Union (Worldwide) Engr. Arthur Usiagwu, and a renowned politician in the area, Comrade Ben Oghumu lauded the foundation for their developmental efforts in the community.
On her part, the head Teacher of the School, Mrs. Rebecca Agholor, while expressing appreciation to the foundation for coming to their aid, stressing that the effort will go a long way in restoring adequate teaching and learning in the school.
“What we are witnessing here today is a rare occurrence; it is only made possible by God who has seen the level of sufferings both the teachers and pupils in this school had been subjected to and has decided to use this foundation to wipe away our tears.
“On behalf of SUBEB, Local Government Education Authority (LGEA) Abudu, the School Base Management Committee (SBMC) Staff and Pupils of this school, we say a very big thank you for this gesture” the head teacher said.