ATABOR JULIUS LOKOJA.
A member of the National Youths
Service Corps ( NYSC) serving in kogi state Mr Seun Albert Oyelude, has
donated a library block with 700 textbooks to Ahoko
communities in Kogi Local Government Area of the state.
The Corps member in a chat with Journalists on Friday in
Ahoko venue of the commissioning of the library stated that , the gesture
was his modest contribution to enhance and restore the culture of reading
among pupils of primary and secondary schools.
Oyelade noted that when he was posted to this primary school last year, discovered that there was no relevant textbooks for the students to consult for academic assignment vowing that she will make a difference in the lives of the students which led to the establishment of the library.
According to him ” I decided to undertake a personal Community Development Project to establish a library and shop for textbooks to fill it.
“I started this project last year by sending a proposal to NYSC State Coordinator for Kogi State. “After approval was granted, I reached out to some individuals, NGOs and the State Ministry of Education for supports and raised total of 700 books .
“We have a total of 700 books in the shelf, which makes the library the biggest with various books in primary school in this local government. “All the pupils in this communities will have access to the books. Readers are leaders,” Oyelude said.
He advised the communities to allow their chidren to make use of the books, and urged schools to encourage NYSC members to undertake similar projects. Hon Awwal Mohammed, Kogi Commissioner for Transportation, who inaugurated the library, commended the corps member for the gesture, saying it was the first of its kind in the history of the LGA.
He said that the State Government had made education one of the five thematic areas and created the enabling environment for everybody to thrive in the state. The Head Teacher of the school, Mr Victor Ali, and the Community Leader, Alhaji Ibrahim Adama, thanked the corps member for his goodwill, and promised to protect the library.
Goje Emmanuel, the school headboy, thanked the corper for establishing a befitting library for their school, while calling on government to build more classrooms them.