Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Mr. Alex A. Okoh has given reason the agency commenced its financial intervention scheme from the primary education sector.
Okoh said this was informed by the bureau’s firm belief that that level was the basic foundation for educational pursuit of the children who are the future leaders.
He spoke on Friday at the Local Education Area (LEA) Primary School, Dutse-Alhaji during the commissioning of projects undertaken by the Bureau in line with its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
Okoh noted that without a solid foundation at the primary school level, the future of the Nigerian child would be bleak.
“We have in this school today, future leaders some of whom would be Directors General, Governors and a President of this country and we need to give them a congenial environment to excel”, he said.
According to him, the Bureau’s decision to intervene in some key sectors of the Nigerian economy was a fallout of its 30th anniversary where the management resolved to identify areas of intervention to bring reliefs to the citizenry.
The areas identified include; Education, Health, Environment and people with disabilities.
A release signed by Amina Tukur Othman, Head, Public Communications said the Director General, informed the intervention in the LEA Primary School, Dutse-Alhaji includes:
· Renovation of the Nursery and Primary Blocks
- Construction of a new a toilet block (Male and female sections of four toilets each)
- Provision of desks for renovated Nursery and Primary classes
- Provision of school bags (Back packs) and excise books
- Provision of School Uniforms (Male & Female)
- Provision of 20 Executive Chairs for the Teachers
- Provision of Desktop Computers and Monitors for demonstration classes
- Provision of Visitors’ Chairs for the Headmistress Reception Office; and
- Construction of culverts, drainages, walkways as well as sand filling of water logged areas.
In her speech, the Headmistress of the school, Mrs.Idowu Ajoke Adebomi thanked the Director General and his management team for conceiving and implementing the projects within three months.
She said the gesture had greatly enhanced the aesthetics of the school and given the pupils a conducive environment to learn, adding that the BPE had undoubtedly provided the template of how government agencies could touch the lives of pupils and the less privileged in the society.
She called on other agencies to emulate the bureau’s gesture.
Pledging to secure the facilities, she appealed to the paramount ruler of the area to provide security to the school to safeguard the facilities.
The Traditional Ruler of the Area, the Hakimi of Dusten, Alhaji Abubakr Bako also pledged the community’s commitment to securing the facilities and appealed to the BPE management to renovate the remaining building in the school which he described as an ‘eye-sore’.