The 2017 edition of Ewuru Community distribution of educational material incentives has kicked off.
The distribution started with the phase 1 of the exercise held on Wednesday, recently at Uweifo Primary School, Ewuru, Ika South LGA, Agbor where not less than 400 pupils of the school received free notebooks and other writing materials.
The exercise was conducted by the usual person, a retired senior police officer from the community, Mr. Benjamin Ogwu on behalf of other illustrious sons of the community who had overtime championed the initiative.
The elated pupils of the school while receiving their gifts from the donor expressed gratitude saying that the noble gesture has gone a long way to encourage the acquisition of their primary education. They promised to reciprocate the gesture by taking their studies very seriously.
Briefing the press shortly after the exercise, the coordinator, Mr. Benjamin Ogwu said both indigenes and non-indigenes schooling in the community benefited from the exercise. He explained that the gesture being initiated by himself and the Publisher of Ika Weekly, Mr. Steve Ekiri-Mekiriuwa Ashien, was to assist indigenes and residents schooling in Ewuru community in their educational pursuit.
His words, “We started this voluntary work since 2012 with the aim of assisting our children particularly those living in Ewuru considering the economic hardship that have deprived some parents from providing these essentials for the education of their wards. Today, every primary pupils of Uweifo Primary School, Ewuru numbering over 400 received twenty two (22) items each of: Four 80 leaves, four 60 leaves, four 40 leaves, one big size drawing notebooks and two biros, two sharpener, two erasers and a ruler. While the KG classes received twenty-nine (29) item among which were: six 2A, Six 2B, drawing notebooks, two rulers, three pencils, two erasers and two sharpeners each.”
Speaking further, Mr. Ogwu noted that they are happy contributing to the development of their community through the annual distribution of free writing materials to their children amongst other things. He used the opportunity to appreciate all the indigenes of the community who have keyed into the project. He prayed God to replenish their pockets even as he enjoined those that are yet to support the project to do so.
The Headteacher of the school, Mrs. Stella Ogboi in her remark, thanked the concerned citizens of the community that have deem it fit to encourage teaching and learning in the community. She stated that since her assumption of office, the school has enjoyed maximum co-operation from the spirited individuals with like minds from the community. She prayed God to grant them their heart desires.
The event was witnessed by elders of the community among who are, Chief Augustine Emenim, the Iyase of Agbor Kingdom, Pa. Iyetor Agbori, Richard Nzeh, Michael Obumah, Peter Uhuegbue, Johnson Ashien, Stephen Dike, Obi Oriahi and Augustine Okoh who in their separate remarks thanked the donors for their humanitarian gesture. They prayed God to bless and strengthen the donors while calling on other well meaning indigenes of Ewuru to emulate the kind gesture of the donors.
In the same vein, the community elders prayed for the benefactors recently carrying out classrooms construction work at the community Primary School regardless of the neglect by government to the degrading state of infrastructures of the school. They affirmed that education is the best legacy parents should bequeath to their children as it is the bedrock of all successes.