Gbajabiamila distributes educational materials to students in Surulere

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Chief of Staff to President Bola Tinubu, Femi Gbajabiamila, has called on students to take their studies seriously in order actualise their life dreams .

Gbajabiamila made the call at the ” Back- to- School Jumpstart Programme Phase Two” on Saturday in Lagos .

The programme was organised by Gbajabiamila in collaboration with the National Lottery Trust Fund.

No fewer than 1000 students from over 40 schools in Surulere were given educational materials such as laptops ,school bags ,books,at the programme.

Represented by Mr Fuad Laguda, a former Chairman of All Progressives Congress(APC) in Surulere, Gbajabiamila noted that the best route to a secured future is education .

He said he initiated the programme with the support of the National Lottery Fund when he was Speaker of the House of Representatives, to empower students of his Surulere 1 Federal Constituency and improve learning outcomes in schools in the area.

The Chief of Staff said he was excited that the programme had achieved a lot in terms of improving learning in public schools in the area.

“It gives me great pleasure that the Back to School Programe has achieved a lot .The reports I got from the team of young men and women that have been responsible for this programme are favourable.

“I was informed that all the schools that we reached out to last year have put to good use all the equipment given to them.

“This programme would not have been possible without the support of the National Lottery Trust Fund.They were fully with us last year and they are fully with us today.

“We commend them for keying into the future because this is the future of our children .There is no better investment than education .

“To the benefitting  schools and students ,I urge you to put to good use what has been given to you as we look forward to a wonderful school session “,he said.Bitrus Jisalo ,Minister of Special Duties and Inter -Governmental Affairs ,commended the National Lottery Trust Fund and the Chief of Staff for organising the programme .

Represented by Alhaji Bello Maigari, Executive Secretary of fund , the minister said he had no doubt that the programme would elevate education standard in Surulere.

“The idea to help jump start schools by equipping our students with state-of -the art educational materials for academic excellence and improving the standard of education to international standard.

“The implementation of the programme  has tremendously improved the standard of learning and provided a conducive learning environment of public schools across Surulere Federal constituency.

“On this note,it is important that the management of the benefitting schools must ensure the provision of these instructional and educational materials are judiciously utilised so as to achieve the desired goal of better education standard.

He urged the National Lottery Trust Fund to continue to invest in education for a brighter future.

In her remarks,Miss Adaku Apugo, Co-ordinator of the programme,said the initiative was conceived  to  address  the vulnerabilities of  the public school system following COVID 19 pandemic.

” This initiative was launched in March 2022, two years after the Federal Ministry of Education approved the closure of schools as a response to the pandemic, disallowing the resumption of the third academic term of the current school calendar.

“It was created to jump start public schools in Surulere Federal constituency, as they resumed school with the primary goal to empower children going back to school through better educational delivery and assurance of safety.

“Due to this launch, the Back to School Jump Start Project was able to impact the lives of 46 schools in the constituency.

“Notwithstanding the success of the first phase of the Back to School Jump Start Project, the Nigerian Educational System still grapples with multiple factors that have negatively impacted the education of millions of children.

“The reality is that teachers as well as children do not have access to the basic tools necessary for e-learning, hence the educational system suffers and will continue to suffer if we do not take proactive steps to ensure that teachers and students are provided with the key tools that they need to thrive.

“Fortunately, rooted in the National Lottery Trust Funds, its mission is a commitment to “complement the efforts of government in improving the quality of life for all Nigerians through the investment of lottery funds in innovative projects that responds to the needs of the people.

” As such, we saw a convergence of purpose and intent and strong basis for partnership.”,she said .

She said she was glad the programme had impacted many students in Surulere.

Speaking ,Mr Sulaiman Yusuf,Chairman,Surulere LG, thanked Gbajabiamila for the initiative .

“We are not surprised .The Chief of Staff touched many lives when he was Speaker.He invested heavily in education and did a lot for the people of Surulere.

“He has done it once again .We are proud of him and hope the benefitting schools will make the best use of the items”,he said.

Miss Oladunjoye Benedicta, a student of Community Senior High School ,Surulere,thanked Gbajabiamila for the materials,praying to God to continue to bless him.

“I am happy and grateful to Mr Gbajabiamila for the laptop .He has done a lot for us.I pray God to continue to bless him”,she said

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