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Dame Abimbola Fashola (R) assisting a pupil to read during the commissioning of a block of six classrooms at Oremeji Primary School II.
Dame Abimbola Fashola (M) cutting the ribbon to commission a block of six classrooms at Oremeji Primary School II, Ajegunle, Lagos.
May 26, 2011 - Dame Abimbola Fashola Inaugurates Oremeji Pry School
Lagos State First Lady, Dame Abimbola Fashola has urged the corporate sector to give genuine love to public school pupils by supporting education in the state.
She made this call at the inauguration of Oremeji Primary School 2 Ajegunle by Airtel Nigeria Limited, adding that one of the ways to promote education in the state is for the corporate organisations to adopt schools for rehabilitation.
According to her, the ultimate goal of the "Adopt-a-School initiative" of the state is to arrest the ugly trend of the neglect the education sector has suffered in the past.
"It is a way of seeking opportunity for the pupils from the corporate industry. We expect the corporate organisations to have genuine love for the pupils and the schools. Through this partnership, there is great harmonisation of resources to intensify qualitative education in the state," she said.
Quoting one of the resolutions of the last education summit by the state government, DAME Fashola added that the role of the government was to regulate the sector while stekeholders, including private sectors contribute to lift the standard.
Little did we know that the adoption initiative will work. In recent time, Lagos has massively renovated schools, gave free textbooks, engaged in training and retraining of teachers. Airtel has demonstrated what corporate social responsibility should be by putting on ground modern edifice.
Earlier, the Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, Mrs. Gbolahan Daodu had commended Airtel in ensuring that the light of education continued to shine in Lagos.
According to her, Airtel proposed to adopt the school in January and within three months; the company was able to erect a very good structure for the pupils. "It met on ground dilapidated structure of six classrooms. Today it had provided us with toilet facilities and offices, borehole and water treatment plant and perimeter fencing. The company has also promised to train the teachers," she said.
Commenting, the Chief Executive of Airtel told the audience that the new edifice would provide opportunity for Nigerian pupils to learn in conducive environment. He said, "To get the best out of the pupils, we need to give them the best environment to learn. This is done so that they can give the best to the country in the future. This is the first school in the series of schools we hope to build."
According to him, the company laid the foundation in February and with the support of the local government and SUBEB it is able to put up the school. "In less than three months we were able to put this structure. If you saw the foundation where the pupils were learning before you would pity them. Quality of teaching and quality of learning make better education. The responsibility is on us. We dedicate ourselves by ensuring that we put this down," he said.