By Jonathan Ugbal
The senator representing Cross River North senatorial district, Rose Oko has announced her plans to donate educational materials worth NGN185 million to schools in Bekwarra, Obanliku, Obudu, Ogoja and Yala local government areas of northern Cross River state.
This will aid give the young students qualitative education with the necessary materials so that they can become useful to themselves, families, communities and the nation Senator Oko said and disclosed this was a token of her appreciation to her constituents for voting her into the House of Representatives in 2011 and the Senate in 2015 reports Vanguard.
This is part of a vision to ensure that the people of northern Cross River enjoy the dividends of democracy and is part of the 2016 budgeting process while the 2017 budgeting processes will include start-up packs, poverty alleviation tools among others Senator Oko said.
“I bring to you the good people of Cross River Northern Senatorial District in general, staff and pupils of St. Ben’s Primary School, Mfuma in particular, my warmest greetings as I present books and other essential learning materials to enhance your studies and improve the standard of education in our senatorial district. We will on this occasion present desks to your school.
“This event is a token of my appreciation for the confidence once again reposed in me by electing me to the upper legislative chamber. I wish to assure our people in Cross River North, that I will do my best to justify the confidence that you have continued to repose in me by first voting me into the House of Reps in 2011 and now the Senate in 2015.
“In the present intervention, we are intervening in a total of 34 schools across the Northern Senatorial District comprising provision of science equipments to 13 schools; provision of textbooks and reference materials to 10 schools; provision of classroom desks to four schools; and construction of six numbers of two classroom blocks; all at total cost of N185million. I urge you all to use these materials judiciously to improve the standard of education of your pupils to the benefit of our dear state.
“My vision in representing you in the upper chamber of the National Assembly is to consistently reach out to my senatorial district with the dividends of democracy in terms of infrastructural development, instructional materials and human capacity development using my zonal intervention provisions as well as reaching out to friends of our Senatorial district to attract other projects.
“In our line of intervention we have also scheduled to train youths in entrepreneurial skills and provide start up grants; provide scholarship for our youths in secondary and tertiary institutions and also provide empowerment tools for poverty alleviation.
“This intervention is part of my zonal intervention projects for the 2016 budgeting year. They are also a series of empowerment programs slated for 2017 which will include scholarships, skill acquisition programs and entrepreneurship training program with start-up grants as well as poverty alleviation tools for the good people of Cross River North senatorial district.”
Some of the benefiting schools include Community Science School, Olachor, Okpoma, Yala; O’nwu Secondary Grammer School, Yahe, Yala; Government Science School, Egbe-Mbube East, Ogoja; Igbeku Comprehensive Secondary School, Okuku, Yala; Begiaka Technical School Ibong, Begiaka, Obudu; Comprehensive Secondary School, Gakem, Bekwara; Technical Secondary School, Ijiraga, Yala; and Community Secondary School, Utugwang, Obudu.
Others are Community Secondary School, Ishibori, Urban I, Ogoja; and Nkim Iborr Community Secondary School, Aladim, Nkim Iborr, Ogoja; Community Primary Schools, Ijama, Oóh, Yala, Eshakom, Natara II, Ekajuk, Ogoja, Okpodon 3, Igede, Ukelle North, Yala, and St. Ben’s Primary School, Mfuma, Ukelle South, Yala.