The Delta Government on Thursday called on old students associations, corporate bodies and well-meaning individuals to assist it in providing quality education for children.
Mr Patrick Ukah, the Delta Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, made the call during the donation of textbooks and shelves to Emonu Comprehensive High School, Orogun, Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the items, worth over N1 million, were donated by the Emonu Indigenes Worldwide in collaboration with the African Centre for Leadership and Strategic Development (ACLSD) to boost learning in the community.
Ukah, who was represented by Dr John Ojogho, Chief Inspector of Education in Ughelli North, said government had a lot of commitment, saying that it would be difficult for it alone to fund education.
The commissioner said that the donation would help in reviving students reading culture, which, he observed, was fast dwindling in the country.
Government alone cannot fund education because it has so much responsibilities. Old students associations, corporate organisations and individuals can assist government in providing quality education for our children.
“I commend you for embarking on this laudable project of donating textbooks and shelves for this school. It will boost learning among our children.
“The reading culture of our children has actually dwindled over the years but with this donation, the children will have no excuse not to read,” he said.
Ukah urged the indigenes to engage community vigilante groups to safeguard the books and other properties in the school.
Earlier, the Leader of the Emonu Indigenes Worldwide, Mr Lucky Agbaye, said the concerned indigenes decided to pool resources together to put the school back on the path of progress.
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