Navy distributes educational materials to schools in Rivers 

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As monarch laments high rate of out of school children in Nigeria

 

By Biola Lawal
Flowerbudnews:  The Nigerian Navy Ship, (NNS) Pathfinder, has donated educational materials to three primary schools in Rumuorlumeni kingdom, Obio/Akpor local government area of Rivers State as part of its corporate social responsibility.

The educational materials, which included over 9500 exercise and drawing books and other writing tools were distributed to the pupils of Community Primary School, Mgbuodohia, Community Primary School Nkpor and Community Primary School Mgbuosimini, all in Rumuorlumeni kingdom during a one day Free Education Rhapsody to the people of Rumuolumeni by the Base.

Flowerbudnews learnt that the free education rhapsody is part of the non kinetic activities to kick start OP DELTA SANITY 2 to further keep the NNS Pathfinder’s operational area safe and secure.

The Commander, NNS Pathfinder Commodore Desmond Igbo, while distributing the materials, said that the initiative was in line with the mandate of the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, and the Nigerian Navy to enhance the educational pursuit of it’s host communities.

Igbo said, the Nigerian Navy identified  and recognised the importance of education among the youths and children, noting that “they are the future of our nation, Nigeria.

“Today, we are supplying these three schools with educational materials. This is one of the Chief of Naval Staff mandate to enhance education in the communities where naval established are, and Rumuolumeni is one of the host communities that we are today presenting this educational materials to the pupils.

“We know that education is very important to the growth of any nation and this the right time to be part of the success you all will have tomorrow. A country that does not take the education of it’s population serious, especially the young ones, such nation will not progress.

“So, it is the wish of the Chief of Naval Staff and the Nigerian Navy that our children will have a brighter future.”

He added that aside their primary task of securing the people and government assets in their areas of operation, the Navy is committed to the development of it’s host communities in all ramifications through corporate social responsibilities.

The Naval Commander also used the medium to warn all those involved in any form crime and criminality to repent or have themselves to blame.

“We are not only for the security of the people, we are also committed to their development which we make our contributions through corporate social responsibilities. To the criminals out there, we are advising them to abandon their criminal activities and live a responsible life.”

Reacting, the paramount ruler of Rumuorlumeni kingdom, His Royal Highness, Engr. Victor Woji Okocha, expressed the community’s appreciation to the Commodore Desmond Igbo led NNS Pathfinder, and the Nigerian Navy for supporting the education of their children with the provision of learning and writing materials to schools in the kingdom.

He regretted that educational system in Nigeria at the moment is suffering, with most children dropping out of school because they is not getting the enough needed support.

He said, “Last year, I made a study and i found out that Nigeria is battling with high number of out of school children, its over twenty million.

“Some of the reasons why Nigeria is in that situation is because there is less or not much support to education. So, on behalf of the good people of Rumuolumeni kingdom and the pupils, we express our gratitude to the Navy, especially the NNS Pathfinder for this kind gesture.”

The Monarch however called for more support from the government, institutions and stakeholders to promote education in the society.

 

He said, “Education is a preparatory ground for the future. Whatever it is that should be done to promote education needs to be done, we are also going to do it.” (Flowerbudnews)

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About Flowerbudnews

Established by Hon.  Biola Lawal, a former Acting Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Flowerbudnews is a consortium of active journalists, media veterans and image makers in both public and private sectors of Nigeria’s media Industry determined to enhance the practice of responsible journalism.

Lawal, on his part, is also a former Honourable Commissioner for Information,Youth, Sports and Culture of Osun state, his home state.

Biola Lawal had also successfully served two tenures as Press Secretary to the ECOMOG Force Commander in Liberia during the Liberian and Sierra Leone Civil wars.

Lawal holds the honour of being the only journalist that served two terms on the ECOMOG international assignment due to his high professionalism and decency)

 

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