The 5th edition of the annual reach out programme of Eric Igban Foundation, a non-governmental organization which focuses on communities in the Niger Delta states, has ended with a promise never to relent in creating an enabling society for future generations.
The President and Chief Executive Officer of the foundation, Dr Andrew Omagbemi Igban, who led others to thirty-four communities across the benefiting local government areas of Delta State to distribute educational materials to pupils and students of public primary schools in the localities, said this year’s programme of the foundation centred on promoting education in the coastal communities.
The week-long programme tagged, “Help One Million Children In Riverine Communities Get Back To School”, according to Dr Igban, was in pursuance of the aims and objectives of the foundation which priority is on youth and community development with special attention to riverine communities.
He explained that the board of trustees of the foundation chose education for the fifth edition of the reach-out programme because of the pivotal role it plays in accelerating the development of any society, stressing that quality education had remained a major challenge in the riverine communities.
Dr Igban expressed optimism that the donated educational materials which were presented to individual beneficiaries would help promote teaching and learning in the localities.
The President and Chief Executive Officer of the Eric Igban foundation, promised that the NGO will continue its drive towards the well being of the rural dwellers and the very vulnerable in the society.
He disclosed that last year’s programme of the foundation focused on Health where hundreds of people in the riverine communities benefited from the free medical outreach sponsored by the foundation.
Dr Igban expressed appreciation to the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli, the Amakosu of Ogbe Ijoh, Couple Markson Oromoni Mobene 111, and the Pere of Gbaramatu kingdom, Oboro Gbaraun 11, Aketekpe, Agadagba, for endorsing the activities of the foundation and encouragements during the visits to their palaces in the course of the outreach program in their domains.
Thirteen pupils who were identified and made ambassadors of the foundation in the course of the programme were encouraged to sustain their brilliant academic performance that made them to be selected as ambassadors of the foundation.
They were awarded scholarships from primary to university levels by the Eric Igban foundation which also made five teachers ambassadors of the foundation for their hard work and commitment to children education.
A total of thirty-four schools that cut across Warri North, Warri South and Warri South-West Local Government Areas benefited from the educational outreach programme.