Ewuru Education Incentive Programme (EEIP), comprising of Ewuru sons and daughters both at home and in Diaspora on Tuesday 21 September 2021 distributed writing materials to Uweifor Primary School and Hope Nursery and Primary school Ewuru, Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area Delta State.
The materials distributed include; sixty (60) school bags, one hundred (100) packets of eighty (80) leaves notebooks, Fifteen cartons of sixty (60) leaves, forty (40) cartons of forty (40) leaves. Two packets of pencils, three packets of erasers, two Gross sharpeners, twenty packets of biros, ten big drawing books, four Gross of the ruler and other writing materials.
Speaking in an interview with our correspondent, the facilitators of the EEIP, Chief Benjamin Ogwun JP, the Oku Dein Wu-ukpe of Agbor kingdom disclosed that the programme was initiated in the year 2011 shortly after his retirement from the Nigerian Police, saying that it has remained an annual event since then.
He noted that EEIP is meant to assist parents who are financially constrained to provide their wards with essential educational materials and also to give back to society, disclosing that the initiator/masterminder of the programme is Mr Steve Ekiri-Mekeriuwa Ashien.
The Okwu Dein Wu-ukpe stated that initially, the programme was covering primary school pupils, secondary Schools students and indigent students in tertiary institutions. However, he said as time went by, due to financial constraints, it now covers only primary pupils.
The facilitator stated that their hope is to see their beneficiaries become useful citizens of society. While appreciating the benevolence of their sons and daughters, who always contribute to the fund whenever they are called upon, he prayed to God to continue to bless and replenish their purse in thousand folds.
He then used the opportunity to urge other well-meaning indigenes of the community to join in the humanitarian service.
The Chief Inspector for Education (CIE), Ika South Local Government Area, Mr Omonigho Abeke Henry while appreciating the efforts of the EEIP, conveyed the heartfelt gratitude of the Commissioner for Education, Hon. Chika Ossai, saying that they are impressed.
Speaking also the Head Personnel Management (HPM), Local Education Authority (LEA), Mr Egbule Peter on behalf of the Secretary, Local Education Authority, Ika South Local Government Area, Mr Felix Onwugbenu applauded the donors, saying that he has always been proud of the people of Ewuru for their zeal towards education and urged them to keep up the spirit.
The school Head Mistress, Mrs Odigwu Victoria who burst into songs of praise to express her joy, saying that she is a proud Headmistress of Uweifor Primary School and that no school can be compared to hers. She prayed to God to bless and reward the generosity of the donors.
In the same vein, during the distribution of school bags and books to pupils of Hope Comprehensive College, the Proprietor of the school, Mrs Progress Ekpah thanked EEIP for the kind gesture as she disclosed that this is the first of its kind that has happened since the inception of the school.
She then prayed to God Almighty to replenish the pockets of all who have sacrificed to put smiles on the faces of the children, grant them good health and long life to enable them to continue in the good work they are doing.
Some of the pupils who spoke with our correspondent appreciated their benefactors for their generous gesture as they pledged the proper use of the materials.
Among others present at the occasion were; the Parish Priest of St. John the Evangelist Church Ewuru; Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Akumabor, Rev. Fr. Jude Iloba, Mr Raymond Adahosa, Pa John Egwabor, the wife of Ika Weekly Newspaper’s Publisher; Mrs Theresa Ashien, the Iyase of Agbor kingdom; Chief Augustine Emenim
By Judith Atorough