Lagos seeks corporate organisations’ support for education
Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule has called on corporate organisations and other philanthropists in the society to support the State government in its desire to provide quality and functional education that will guarantee a better future for the children.
Dr. Adebule made the call today while commissioning a Two-Storey building donated by Mr. Chahid Raffoul, the Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of Kazuma Shipping Company, to Ladi-Lak Primary School, Apapa as part of his company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
The Deputy Governor noted that uncontrollable population growth in an emerging megacity like Lagos State has put pressure on the existing public school’s infrastructure, stressing that the limited resources at government disposal would be inadequate to meet the education needs of a teeming population without the support of individuals and organisations.
While commending the donor for sharing government vision of promoting quality education, she called on similar organisations to borrow a leaf from the company by providing similar assistance that can help government to meet the goal of raising the standard of education in
the State to an enviable status.
According to her, “we as government want to raise the education standard of the State, but we are being challenged with high population growth which put pressure on our infrastructure, yet we are determined to provide quality education that will rank among the best in the world, hence the need for the call on various organisations and individuals to support the drive.”
The Deputy Governor further disclosed that the State Executive Council has recently approved the sum of N10 billion for the rehabilitation and renovation of public schools infrastructure, adding that the intervention would help to bring significant improvement to teaching and learning in public schools.
Earlier, Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education, (SUBEB) Dr. Ganiyu Shopeyin stated that the complementary effort by the company would go a long way to improving the standard of education in the area.
He, therefore, called on the residents, especially, members of the Community Development Association (CDA), Community Development Committee (CDC) to make the best use and ensure adequate protection of the facility for the development of their children.
Shopeyin said SUBEB, under his watch, would ensure regular distribution of instructional materials and other infrastructure to schools to ensure that pupils in public schools enjoy better facilities like their counterparts in private schools.
In his remarks, the donor of the facility and the Managing Director of Kazuma Shipping Company, Mr. Chahid Raffoul said his company was inspired to donate the structure so as to complement government’s efforts in improving the standard of education in the State.
Mr. Raffoul stated that the impact of good governance is being felt within a short period of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration and appealed to both federal and the State governments to continue to improve the condition of roads in Apapa because of its economic importance to the country.
He challenged other corporate organisations in the area to come to the aid of the State government by providing assistance that could help the government in the implementation of its development plans.