Presidency honours late escort rider’s village with new classrooms

By Felix Khanoba

The Presidency has constructed six blocks of classrooms in honour of late escort rider to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at Gui village, Sauka in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Inspector Ali Gomina, who was 45 years old, died in a road accident while on official duty as an out-rider en route Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on March 13.

Inspecting the classrooms structures built under the aegis of the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (OSSAP-SDGs) on Saturday, Osinbajo said the project was a good gesture for the family and the community.

The VP represented by the Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Ade Ipaye, who had earlier inaugurated a 3-bed flat and a shop donated to Gomina’s family, prayed for prosperity for the community.

“I pray that we will not see tragedy again; that the family left behind by the deceased will continue to thrive and grow to stand on their own without any cause for regret.

“We also pray for the community; that this community will continue to make progress,’’ he said.

Speaking with newsmen after the inspection of the school, District Head of Gui, Alhaji Alhassan Yusuf, expressed appreciation to the vice president for bailing the community from the ‘poverty of education.’

According to him, the community is six kilometres from the expressway and the road is really bad.

He said that during the rainy season, their wards find it difficult to go to school at Sauka because of the bad road.

“So, when we lost our son, Gomina, and the vice president came to this community to condole with us, I ceased the opportunity to make the request for the renovation of our school, and a day after I made that request, the project was approved.

“Work started on this project barely six months ago and it has been completed already.

“What is left now is for the Ministry of Education to come and supervise the operation of this school.

“With the number of classrooms in this school, we hope to have both junior and senior secondary classes in this school in Gui.

“On behalf of the Gui community, I sincerely thank the vice president for what he has done; we pray that God will continue to protect him both in and out of office,” he said.

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