Dr. Samson Adewale Adegoke, Founder and Chairman, Board of Trustees, Maigida Foundation
The Maigida Foundation, a charity organisation, on Monday donated 45,000 exercise books to pupils in public primary schools in Keffi, Nasarawa State, as part of efforts to support public education in the country.
Dr Samson Adegoke, a Philanthropist and founder of the foundation at a ceremony to Flagg off the distribution of the books at Baptist Primary Keffi, urged wealthy Nigerians to support public education as a catalyst for national development.
Adegoke, represented Mr Amao Ola, member Board of Trustees of the foundation, said the aimed of donating the books was to ensure that pupils and students in public schools have learning materials to enable them acquire quality education to realise their potential.
The philanthropist also said that the donation was part of efforts to compliment government efforts, adding that providing enabling environment for quality education should not be the responsibility of government alone.
According to him, education plays critical role in the fortunes of every nation, hence the need for all well meaning Nigerians irrespective of their social status, to support public education to enhance national security.
” I am a product of public schools and I have a responsibility to ensure that students in public schools enjoy conducive atmosphere for learning by providing them with learning materials.
” That is what informed my decision to donates exercise books to students in public primary schools as a way of giving back to the society,” Adegoke said.
Earlier, Chairman of the foundation, Alhaji Mohammad Idris, restated the determination of the organisation to support the education pursuit of the children of the less privilege in the society.
Idris explained that no fewer than 8,000 students are expected to get at least 7 copies of the exercise book each, adding that the project cost the foundation N3.7 million.
He disclosed that the foundation would soon unveil it healthcare delivery programme for the needy in Keffi and other part of Nasarawa State.
Responding, Headmaster, Baptist Primary School, Malam Umar Lawal said the exercise books would no doubt add value to the growth and development of education in Keffi.
Lawal urged all stakeholders to emulate the footsteps of the founder of the foundation and join hands to invest in education of children.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Maigida Foundation was established by Adegoke out of desire to alleviate the sufferings of the needy in society, especially in the area of health, education and youths empowerment.