A journalist, Ikem Okuhu, has donated a total of 8,000 exercise books to 1,577 pupils in the seven primary schools in Nkpunano, Nsukka, in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State.
The donation, the third since the journalist’s family launched a foundation known as Felistas Foundation three years ago in memory of their mother, Mrs. Felistas Ugwu, brings the total of exercise books donated to schools in the area to 18,000 with the objective of providing at least five exercise books to each of the pupils in the benefiting schools.
This year’s donation, which had the Education Secretary of Nsukka Local Government Area, Mrs. Jane Asadu, in attendance also witnessed the donation of 2,000 biros and another 2,000 pencils from a community leader, Chief Ignatius Ugwu, in support of the project.
Speaking during the handing over ceremony held at the Community Primary School, Nguru Nsukka, Ikem Okuhu, explained that the donation was designed to provide relief for the poor families who struggle to provide basic stationery for their children and wards in the public school system in the area.
Okuhu, who is also a public relations practitioner, said the challenges faced by parents in the education of their children had continued to bother him and his family, lamenting that the continued economic downturn in the country had been having adverse impact on the ability of parents to provide for the education of their children.
Going down memory lane, he said his family had committed to the educational intervention as a means of sustaining the memory of their mother, who, in her lifetime, made feeding the poor in the community her major preoccupation.
“When our mother was alive, she made provision for her neighbours, especially the poor in the community, her major concern. Our family was such that, as hard as things were, food was considered something to share with each and everyone. As a means of sustaining this legacy, we decided in 2018 to make this donation annually, knowing how much poor parents struggle to get their children through primary education,” he stated.
Okuhu expressed delight that since the intervention began three years ago, school enrollments in the area had been on the increase, urging other public spirited individuals and groups to join in the efforts towards revitalising the public schools in the state.
Also speaking during the event, Local Government Education Secretary, Mrs. Jane Asadu, commended the family for the initiative and urged other people to join hands with the state government in the drive to improve the fortunes of public schools in the state.
Asadu commended Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his steadfast commitment towards the revitalisation of education at all levels in the state, saying the governor had since his assumption of office in 2015, rebuilt hundreds of classroom blocks in all parts of the state.
“Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has been consistent in revitalizing the school system since he assumed office. His attention has especially been on the primary school system and all over the state, he has continued to provide modern infrastructure in our schools and efforts such as this one will go a long way in supporting his efforts along this line,” she stated.
She also commended the Chairman of the Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board (ENSUBEB), Mr Ikeje Asogwa, for all his efforts in lifting the infrastructure fortunes of primary schools in the state.
Also speaking on the occasion, community leader and Chairman of Nguru Nsukka Development Union, Chief Ignatius Ugwu, appreciated the gesture of the journalist and pledged his support and that of other leading community leaders towards the revitalization of the primary schools in the area.
Ugwu extolled the virtues of the late matriarch of the Okuhu family for the exemplary life she lived and urged the people of the community to strive towards leaving a lasting legacy, especially such that would leave lasting impacts long after they had passed on.