Abuja district head lauds private sector investment in education infrastructure
District Head, Karon Magiji community, Abuja, Yunusa Bako Abdullahi says infrastructural investment by the private sector in the education sector would enhance the option for quality learning among public school pupils.
Abdullahi lauded Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) Limited for donating a newly built block of classrooms to LEA Primary School, Karon Magiji in Abuja.
Speaking during the formal handover of the tastefully finished blocks, Abdullahi said the gesture by NBC is support the community would continue to cherish for a long time.
“What NBC has done for LEA Primary school is very commendable, particularly because building a decent learning environment for our pupils had been a major challenge for us. We consider this a major investment in the future of our children, the leaders of tomorrow,” he said.
Ekuma Eze, public affairs and communications director, Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC), said over the years the Coke System in Nigeria has continued to lead the charge in private sector contributions towards education and human capital development in Nigeria, doing so through a wide range of interventions.
Eze opines that United Nations understands that “education enables upward socioeconomic mobility and is a key to escaping poverty”, adding that as a good corporate citizen, we also believe that a community’s level of development reflects the extent and quality of education of its people. This gesture underscores our commitment to supporting our communities and people to build a sustainable, secure, and rewarding future.
According to Eze, “With Nigeria accounting for nearly 20 percent of the total out-of-school children in the world, critical interventions in education, particularly by the private sector would be important to secure the future of the country’s children. Over the years, we have taken the responsibility to make a support educational advancement and youth development in Nigeria, as seen from our various educational development programs across the country, such as the Nigeria Business League for Youths which we are pioneer members of, and the Youth Empowered programme”.
Similarly, Abigael Eulus, headmistress of the school, described the new classroom blocks as a major relief for the pupils who hitherto, had been learning in overcrowded classrooms.
“We are very happy with the new classrooms. The children are a lot happier, and understandably so. Before now, many of them had to share a desk or write on their laps. This had made learning pretty difficult for them.
“So, you can understand why we are so happy with this support from NBC. God will bless NBC for this,” she said.