Ogun State Government has called for active participation of corporate organisations and individuals in the education sector, to provide more facilities for improved academic performance.
The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu said this during the commissioning of Nestle Community Water projects for Healthier Kids (N4HK), donated to Oke-Ona United School, Abeokuta and Saint Paul’s Anglican School, Obafemi Owode.
Prof. Arigbabu who noted that no government could single-handedly underwrite the cost of sound and effective education to her citizenry, applauded Nestle Nigeria PLC for its contribution to development of the sector, through its Social Corporate Responsibility.
“No government can do it alone when it comes to providing quality education. It is in view of this, that government is filled with gratitude to Nestle Nigeria PLC, for the donation of water and sanitation projects to our schools, under the N4HK programme. Your responsiveness to the Corporate Social Responsibility is laudable and worthy of emulation”, the Commissioner said.
In his address, the Chairman, Ogun State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Femi Majekodunmi said the initiative would complement the on-going effort of the government to improve the standard of education in the State.
Majekodunmi who was represented by the Permanent member iii, SUBEB, Hon. Olufemi Ilori-Oduntan, appreciated the organisation for a show of good neighbourliness, urging the benefited schools to judiciously utilise and maintain the facilities.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Corporate Communication and Public Affairs Manager of the company, Mrs. Victoria Uwadoka, explained that clean water and toilet are presently crucial, due to the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic, noting that the organisation’s resolve to provide the facilities to safeguard pupils against contracting the virus.
In their goodwill messages, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, represented by the Executive Secretary, Primary Healthcare Development Board, Dr. Elijah Ogunsola and the Paramount Ruler of Oke-ona, Oba Adedapo Tejuoso, represented by the Akinrogun of Oke-ona, Alhaji Taofeek Lawal, said water is essential to maintain hygiene, hence, the need for the project, particularly in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.