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When SOKAD Donated Educational Materials To Kaduna Schools

Posted: Sep 21, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Gabriel John


Recently, officials of  Southern Kaduna in the Diaspora (SOKAD), a group of intellectuals living abroad  donated educational materials valued at N380,000 to two primary schools in Kaduna State.

President of SOKAD, Dr. Likita Aminu, handed over the materials consisting of text books, exercise books, rulers, bags, biros and pencils to authorities of the Local Government Education Authority (LGEA) Primary Schools, Dura in Jaba Local Government area and Kamulu-Ikulu in Zango Kataf Local Government area, both in Kaduna State.

Speaking during the handover ceremony, Aminu said that the value in  acquiring a first school leaving  certificate cannot be overemphasize, as it is the pivot upon which the society grows.

His words: It is the only way by which the children of the poor sit and eat on the round table with the president, governor, ministers and influential people in the society.

According to him, acquiring vocational skills such as: carpentry, mechanic, tailoring, etc,  may fade away due to advancement in  technology, but school certificate education remains permanent and even increases the chances of become great in future.

He however urged the school pupils, head teachers of the selected schools to make proper use of the text books and other school materials donated to them, lamenting that hardships encountered by their people in bringing up their wards, is due to the fact that most parents or wards are poor, peasant farmers and could not afford to cater for two or more of their children in public schools.

Represented by Dean, School of Post Graduate School, Kaduna State University, Prof. Bala Dogo, explained that SOKAD is desirous of the school pupils in their host communities to become great in future, hence the need to contribute positively towards their education enhancement.

According to him, it is only through education that some of them travelled to foreign land,  eat and communicate with foreigners fluently, adding that most of the contacts they have today was because they were groomed in education.

His words: “Some of us are in Canada, USA and other countries of the world because education took us there. We all went there to practice our different professions since our services were needed in those countries most. Without education, you cannot get out of your locality and even if you do, fear, inferiority complex and shame will not allow

you to move further” Dr. Likita said.

According to him, the donation of school materials to pupils in their locality was a yearly contribution towards developing and enhancing educational programmes in their father land as well as their local communities.

“In May 6, 2013, our group donated educational materials worth N58, 000 to Zack-Zawan Primary School, Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

“In August 23, 2014, the group also made donations of school text books and writing books through our Treasurer/Financial Secretary, Mallam Ibrahim Maikori to two selected schools: LGEA Primary Schools Kurdan, Zango Kataf and UNICEF Primary School Kurmin Kwara, Daddu Jaba LGA” Dr. Likita disclosed.

In her remarks, Proprietress CARE NGO, Mrs. Joy Dogo thanked the group for remembering their fatherland by contributing towards the growth of the children, whom she said comes from poor background.

According to her, Nigeria will be greater if only those who have resources at their disposal make it a top priority to contribute towards enhancement of our children education.

Also speaking, Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, who was represented by the Director, School Management Board, Mr. Timothy Auta, called on Nigerians to contribute towards education of their wards, adding that government alone could not afford to provide everything needed for the school pupils adding that, “two heads are better than one.”

“Kaduna State government has many things to cater for. Schools is just a fraction part and it cannot cater for one and leave the other part.

People will suffer. Therefore, I urge every citizen in Kaduna State to assist government in providing the basic need of their wards so that work will be easier.” El- Rufai said.

Receiving the school items donated on behalf of the school Headmasters, District head of Dura, Jaba Local Government of Kaduna State, Alhaji Illiya Bako Byeing, who was highly elated for the donation prayed for more financial increase for the donors even as he described the donation as an eye opener to their wealthy children and other organizations in their communities. He called on wealthy individuals, organizations to emulate the gesture.

Illiya also called on Kaduna Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai to provide security measure to pupils in L.G.E.A Primary schools in the state in his bid to make Kaduna great again.

“I wish to call on Kaduna Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai to build fence round the primary schools in the state, especially, the schools the book donation was meant for. This will avoid the risk of books being stolen by criminals. If security is provided in our schools, parents will have more confidence to send their children to public schools.”

According to him, the donation will  reduce the cost of sponsoring their wards in primary schools especially those with two-three children in school across the state.

Also speaking to Daily Independent, Headmaster, L.G.E.A. Primary School, Dura, Mrs. Agnes Luka expressed joy over the donation and promised to guard the books judiciously.

A cross section of school pupils interviewed expressed profound gratitude to God for making the donation a reality and promised to be hardworking, obedient and diligent towards their studies.

One of the students, Miss Hope Biniyat, a 7-year old primary three pupil, who was thrilled with the donation of exercise books, rulers and pencils, promised to read harder and prayed to become the first female professor in her local government.

“I promise to be like the professor who had the dream to make us great like him. I want to read harder so that I do the same. Since we have the books, pen, biro, pencil and all that is needed to read and write, what stops us from taking first in our classes?” she asked.

Representative of the parent, Mr. Joseph Jato who was surprised and overwhelmed with the donation said “God answers prayers of the righteous.” He confessed that as a farmer of six children, he found it difficult to buy school books for all the children.

He recalled the previous term when two of his children were sent home for not updating their school books adding that “I have to sell some of my properties to buy school books and other materials needed before I could meet their demands.”