The Federal Capital Territory ( FCT) Universal Basic Education Board ( UBEB) has commended a non-governmental organisation, the Queen Agnes Foundation, for donating a sick bay to Junior Secondary school, kurudu.
The Deputy Director, Academic support services of the FCT Basic Education, Bashiru Abubakar, applauded gesture at the commissioning of the facility, Friday, at the school compound in kurudu, a suburb of Abuja.
“We are very happy. We sincerely appreciate the NGO for coming to fix a sick bay for our children.
“We appreciate the NGO and may God Almighty reward her and give her more so that she can do more for the entire humanity.
“We are very happy and we welcome many more NGOs who are ready to partner with us so that we will assist and make sure that our children are getting what they are suppose to get”, Abubakar said.
While calling on the school management to ensure a proper maintenance and utilization of the school bay, the director pledged
” to facilitate the posting of a capable hand who can manage the bay for our children”.
On her part, the President, Queen Agnes Foundation, Thelma Akinduro, said the donation was born out of her passion for humanity and children.
” I go to schools to talk to the young girls, sensitize them and to encourage them and in one of my trips I came to this school and that was where the journey began.
“This school caught my attention with their playlets .They did a playlet for me and I got really touched knowing what they go through.
“In this school about 200 to 300 girls here are house helps and they are been taken advantage of by their bosses. They molest, rape etc. When they acted a play and they told me all they things they go through, I was moved and I decide to give the school some books for the library, I decided to take up the project. So I will do them in bits .
When asked the cost implication of the project, she said ,”For me personally, for the renovations and others things, its almost N2million”.
The principal of the school, Talatu Isah who thanked the foundation for coming to the aid of the school, however called for support from on other NGOs and well meaning Nigerians.
She said” We appreciate your kind gesture. Being a public school, it is faced with numerous challenges not only the sick bay, but we lack school library.
“Considering the student population, the toilets are not enough. They education board just added two blocks of eight toilets to the old one we have yet they are not enough.
“We have a block of classroom that was renovated two years ago but as at today, it has been over taken by termites. The roof is completely bad. Once the school resume we will be having challenge if classrooms.