Okon Bassey in Uyo
In line with its corporate social responsibility, Champion Breweries Plc, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, has donated over 200 desks, chairs and tables to schools in its catchment area.
The beneficiary schools were St. Athaneous Primary School, Nung Primary School Aka and Offot Jubilee Primary School, Aka Offot, all in Uyo, the state capital.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, held recently, the Managing Director of the organisation, Mr. Patrick Ejidoh said it would address dearth of the facilities in the schools and provide conducive learning environment for the pupils, as government alone cannot shoulder all responsibilities.
He urged other corporate bodies and highly spirited citizens to support the efforts of the state government in the development of the education sector, while expressing hope that the facilities would be put to use by the students and the teachers
“This is our widow’s mite, we implore the teachers to take good care of these facilities, get the class rooms fortified against theft of the facilities.”
The State Commissioner for Education, Professor Victor Inoka described the action of the organisation as encouraging and timely saying it will further enhance the free and qualitative education of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s administration.
“Governor Emmanuel is ready to partner anybody or group that is ready to invest in education in our dear state at any level.”
The commissioner advised the benefitting schools to take good care of the facilities provided to enhance better learning and teaching, and cautioned that the government has zero tolerance to any form of levy or extortion from parents. He warned teachers to desist from charging any form of fees by whatever name.
He said the state ministry of education will support all actions from public spirited individuals towards improving the living standard of Akwa Ibom people.
The Executive Chairman of State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Professor Maria Ikoro lauded the gesture of organisation towards adding value to the education of youths in the state, saying that the administration places high premium on quality education .
Receiving the items on behalf of his school, the Head Teacher of St. Athanasus Catholic School, Nung Uko Ibesikpo, Mr. Nkereuwem Udo Ekong noted that the facilities were one of the most challenging issue that faced the school.
The provision of the items, first from the private sector since the establishment of the school 92 years ago, he said will alleviate the sufferings of pupils and teachers, as the children will not sit on the floor again and that the chairs have the capacity of taking care of 190 pupils.
“I am happy that the organisation is the first private sector operator that partnered with government in promoting the educational development in our schools.”
The Headmistress of Offot Jubilee primary schools Aka Offot Mrs. Esther Asanga said the problem of inadequate school facilities had been quite a challenge to them expressing gratitude to Champion Breweries for their grand gesture towards them.
She appealed to other corporate bodies and public-spirited people to emulate Champion Breweries, stressing that education, especially primary school education can’t be left alone to government to handle.