NGO Donates Building to School Hosting Pupils Displaced by Bandits in Ekiti

Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti

A United States of America-based non -governmental organisation, Build a School Initiative in Africa (BASIA), has donated a building facility to Saint Stephen’s Primary School in Ayebode Ekiti, the school hosting pupils displaced by bandits in Ekiti State.

The pupils of Itake Primary School, Itake community in Ayebode Ekiti, Ekiti State, were last year displaced from the town due to increase in terrific activities of kidnappers and killers  in the area.

Speaking at the flag-off of the construction of the four-block classroom in Ayebode Ekiti yesterday, the Chairman of Ajoni LCDA, Hon. Michael Ogungbemi, applauded the foundation for counting the council worthy of such benefit.

Ogungbemi said the primary school was considered as a beneficiary being the host to pupils displaced by bandits in Itake community last year.

According to him, “This school is in dire need of facilities because it has two major schools now that some pupils were displaced by bandits at Itake under my LCDA before they were relocated here, and this calls for provision of more classrooms due to overpopulation.

“The project was funded 90 percent by BASIA, but our LCDA paid a little counterpart funding. It will be built to standard and the mission is to combat the rising out-of-school children and boost quality of education.

“We are going to provide security here too. Our operation EBORRAC, police, Amotekun and local hunters will be deployed here within the 12 weeks the project will be delivered to secure the workers and the facility.”

Meanwhile, the BASIA’s Director of Operations, Mrs. Laura Udobong, said the project is to be executed in partnership with Ajoni LCDA under the ‘Operation Increase Africa’s School Enrolment Initiative’.

Udobong said the President of the group, Dr. Victor Ukorebi, was not comfortable with the statistics that Nigeria has over 20 million out-of-school children and about 40 million across Africa.

She said the mind boggling statistics spurred the NGO to pursue aggressive partnerships with governments across the continent for radical  provision of facilities in countries like Togo, Zambia, Benin Republic, Nigeria and many others.

Udobong said: “This project was conceptualised to empower public schools in term of facilities to take children of  school age out of the streets. Our mission is to  improve learning, because it will be built to standard to guarantee conducive learning environment for pupils. We are doing it in Nigeria and other Africa nations.”

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