It was an aura of elation during the grand finale of the distribution of instructional materials to the pupils of basic schools in Kwara State by Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.
The programme held recently at the Constituency Office of the Chairman of the 8th National Assembly kick-started around 9am.
The event witnessed even distribution of instructional materials which included textbooks in Mathematics, English Language, Basic Science and Technology and Islamic Religious Studies plus thousands of notebooks and instructional charts for effective learning on the part of the pupils.
The Director General of Saraki’s Constituency Office, Hon. Abdulwahab Issa, while giving his abridged opening remark, asserted that the Senate President has unquantifiable passion for future of the youths not only in Kwara State but Nigeria.
He implored the head teachers not to sell the materials but to ensure that the teachers and pupils utilise them judiciously and effectively, so that the predetermined goal could be achieved.
Speaking, the Director of Project and Empowerment at the Senate President’s Constituency Office, Olayinka Ibrahim Otukoko, explained that Saraki’s Education Development Programme (EDP) is partitioned into two. The first phase focused on improving the condition of infrastructural facilities in basic schools.
According to him, 47 blocks of classrooms and 10 Information Communication Technology (ICT) centres had been successfully completed in schools across the four local governments (Ilorin West, Ilorin East, Ilorin South and Asa) in Kwara Central Senatorial District.
The second phase he said is the students’ capacities building programme in which entails distribution of instructional materials such as textbooks, notebooks and charts.
Shortly after materials were handed over to educational secretaries of the four local governments, they, on behalf of the instructors and pupils, appreciated the gesture and prayed for more elevations for Saraki.
They also, specifically, promised to do justice to the sharing of the materials to the students as charged by Hon Issa.