…Sets up N200,000 annual educational fund for best pupil
By Mercy Enoch
It was Jubilation galore for the people of Oligie Community in Igbanke, Orhionmwon local Government Area of Edo State, last weekend, as a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), David and Margaret Ngegu (DAMAN) Foundation, built and donated a block of three classrooms with modern facilities to one of the primary schools in the area.
Apart from the block of classrooms, the organisation also donated water facility as well as over 3000 branded notebooks to the School.
The organization also announced an annual educational fund of N200,000 to any best graduating pupil from the school, henceforth.
Making the donation, the chairman, DAMAN Foundation, Sunday Ngegu, said that the gesture was part of efforts by the foundation in memory of their late father, David Ngegu, who, many years ago, was a pupil of the school. He said it is also an honour to their mother, Margaret Ngegu, who was said to have stood behind their father to accord the children quality education.
“This foundation was set up in their honour to continue the legacies both of them had bequeathed to us, their children. We decided to prioritise education in this regard because our father, while he was alive made the education of his children and others a matter of utmost priority.
Receiving the donation on behalf of the community and Edo State Government, the Vice Chairman, Orhionmwon Local Government Council, Monday Igwuobase, called for robust private and public collaboration.
He particularly lauded the initiative of DAMAN Foundation for coming to the aid of the School and community, just as he charged other well-meaning sons and daughters of the community to take a cue from the foundation and lift a finger of assistance to the needy in the society.
In their various remarks, some of the community leaders who included the traditional ruler of the Community, HRH Samuel Osunde, the Enogie of Ottah Community, HRH Julius Isitor, President General, Igbanke Development Union (Worldwide) Arthur Usiagwu, and a renowned politician in the area, Comrade Ben Oghumu lauded the foundation for their developmental efforts in the community.
On her part, the head Teacher of the School, Rebecca Agholor, said; “What we are witnessing here today is a rare occurrence; it is only made possible by God who has seen the level of sufferings both the teachers and pupils in this school had been subjected to and has decided to use this foundation to wipe away our tears.
“On behalf of SUBEB, Local Government Education Authority (LGEA) Abudu, the School Base Management Committee (SBMC) Staff and Pupils of this school, we say a very big thank you for this gesture”.