-Pledges to do more for educational development
About 40, 000 pieces of exercise books were, on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, donated by the Ikorodu Local Government Chairman, Hon. Wasiu Adeshina to primary schools’ pupils in Ikorodu.
The exemplary gesture, according to the council boss, was to assist parents in providing learning materials for their children.
The distribution exercise, which was benefited by 16 primary schools across Ikorodu, took place at the Ikoorodu Local Government Secretariat hall along Beach road, Ikorodu.
Hon. Adeshina, while speaking at the event, also revealed that his administration will soon handover six toilet facilities at the Salvation Army Primary School, Onisigida, Ikorodu , and also embark on building of 3-block of classrooms at Aga Primary School, Ikorodu.
Schools that benefitted from the distribution of the exercise books were Methodist Primary School Ikorodu, African Bethel Primary School, Ota-Ona, Salvation Army Primary School, Ikorodu, Methodist Primary School, Agura, Muslim Primary School lkorodu, Aga Primary School Ikorodu, and Holy Trinity Primary School, lkorodu.
Others were Temidire Primary School lkorodu, Oga Primary School, Ikorodu, Ayangburen PrimarySchool, Ikorodu, Jamaltu Islammiyah Primary School,Ikorodu, Anglican Primary School, Ijomu Primary School, Methodist Primary School, Gberigbe, and Etunrenren Primary School, lkorodu.
“The significance of this landmark event is to make sure that none of the public primary school pupils in Ikorodu Local government should be deprived of getting their notes copied up to date as the exercise books would be distributed amongst all the pupils within the council ”, Hon Adeshina stated.
“With this event of today, we have clearly demonstrated in practical term the promises that Hon. Wasiu Ayodeji Adeshina made during his electioneering campaign.
“I particularly wish to rejoice with all pupils within this locality for being beneficiaries of this laudable programmes.
“In addition, the local government will hand-over six classified toilets and fence to Salvation Army Primary School.
“Also, Ikorodu local government will embark on the laying of foundation for three blocks of classrooms at Aga Primary School, Ikorodu.
“The contract for the provision of school desks and benches has been awarded by the local government”.
Adeshina also stated that the local government will soon roll out educational support programme for the indigenes of Ikorodu in higher institutions.
“Ikorodu local government will be rolling out forms for bursary awards to indigent students in tertiary institutions.
“I want to implore students and their guardians to take advantage of this gesture and give their support to the government of APC in Lagos State and Nigeria and also show their unalloyed support to the administration of Hon. Wasiu Adeshina for better and good governance”, he appealed.
He charged parents and guardians to ensure that their children are well monitored and encouraged to go to school.
“I want to implore parents on their own part to rise up to the challenges of monitoring, supporting and encouraging their wards towards good behaviours. Parents should always present themselves as role models in the presence of their wards.
“I equally wish to encourage all meaningful Nigerians to contribute their quota towards the educational development of our local government as we all know that government cannot do it alone”.
Hon. Adeshina gave his own administration path in the back for its achievements so far.
“With the successful accomplishments of this administration, we have demonstrated our ‘sure’ commitment to all the public schools within Ikorodu LGA and we pray and wish to do more in future to the glory of God Almighty”, Adeshina prayed.
Prince Abiodun Ogunleye, former Deputy Governor, Lagos State, commended Hon. Adeshina’s intervention in education sector.
“This his foray into the educational sector, after impacting on other areas, is commendable. He has told us that this is just the beginning of his government’s contribution towards improving the status of the education sector.
“I will say and emphasize that he has done very well and given his best in improving the council. Ikorodu residents should appreciate what he’s doing and pay him back when it is time”, he stated.
The representative of the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), also commended Hon. Adeshina for contributing to the development of education in Ikorodu.
“This is a very commendable initiative and it would go a long way in assisting the pupils and their wards.
“We also have to commend him for his intervention at the Salvation Army Primary School. We appreciate you and pray that God will continue to strengthen you”.
She charged parents to support the government by instilling discipline in their wards while also charging the council to do more in terms of educational development.
Also, she stated that the council should see to the stoppage of the indiscriminate dumping of refuse beside African Bethel Primary School at Ota-Ona in Ikorodu.
The SUBEB representative also asked the council to assist in enforcing the state government’s directive against the use of schools’ field, especially for football trainings.
She cited the example of the Salvation Army Primary School where those using its premises as playing ground for football are destroying the roof and breaking the glasses in the school.
Lion Taiwo Oduloye, the Executive Secretary of the Local Government Education Authority (LGEA) , commended Hon. Adeshina for fulfilling his promises.
“I want to sincerely thank you on your intervention in Salvation Army Primary school. The school is one of the oldest in Ikorodu but it has suffered neglect and abuses but I think that the fence your administration has erected will stop that. Likewise, the proposed three block of classrooms that you are planning for Aga primary school is a welcome idea because there has been lack of classrooms in that school since SUBEB demolished some dilapidated structures there”.
He appealed to the council for intervention in other schools needing attention.
Speaking earlier, Mr Dipe Adekunle, the Head of the Administration of Ikoorodu LG, said that the administration of Hon. Wasiu Adesina has been working hard to give Ikorodu good roads, improved infrastructure and now venturing into the educational sector.
THE IMPACT spoke with some of the beneficiaries of the free exercise books distribution:
Aminat Shobowale, Primary 6 pupil, Ijomu Muslim Primary School:
“I feel happy and I thank the chairman for the exercise books. May God bless him.”
Miskiyat Adeyemi, Primary 4c student, African Bethel Primary School
”I feel so happy today and I would make good use of the exercise books. I thank the donor for the gesture”.
Bilala Abdulroqeeb, Primary 6 pupil, Salvation Army Primary School:
“I feel happy. I say thank you to the chairman”.
Adeniyi Damilare, Primary 6 pupil, Methodist Primary School, Agura-Gberigbe, Ikorodu:
“I feel happy and I would use the exercise books to write my notes. I want to say thank you to the Chairman”.
Oko Fiyinfoluwa, Primary 6b pupil, Aga primary school:
“I feel happy and I would use the books for my studies. Thank you very much sir and we all appreciate what you have done for us sir”.
Energy Gideon, Primary 6 pupil, Methodist Primary school Gberigbe:
“I feel good and I would use the books to write my notes and keep them well. Thank you sir for everything you have done. May God bless you”.
A pupil of Ayangburen Primary School also has this to say:
“I am happy to be part of this great event and also glad to receive the exercise books from the chairman of Ikorodu local government. I urge the chairman to do more for education”.
A pupil of Oga Primary School, Ikorodu , also stated:
“It is an amazing experience to be part of the free exercise book distribution.It will aid my education. I also want the chairman to give more support to education since it is the best legacy that can be given to us”.