OrderPaperToday – Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has explained the rationale behind the 25 billion Naira Yobe Education Appeal Fund by the government and people of the State.
Speaking at the Fund Raising which held in Abuja on Thursday, Lawan who is also a Yobe indigene, said the situation was good until the insurgents struck and caused an incalculable damage in the state.
The Senate President said the idea was to reposition the state’s education sector and avail Yobe children, particularly the indigent ones; opportunity to go to school and become useful to themselves and society at large.
“In the Northeastern state before the former Borno State and presently Yobe State, we received support from government for our education. I didn’t have to pay anything to be in primary school. Infact I was given something. My parents were encouraged to send me to school.
In secondary school, we were given everything. Our uniforms free. Our books free. Feeding and everything free. That was when the resources were available to really accommodate those necessities.
The population has increased, of pupils and students, and the resources are dwindling. Now we have to look for our friends, our well wishers to come to our aid,” he said.
“I didn’t come from a rich or wealthy family and many of us here have come from families that are simply there, not wealthy enough.
But because our states, at that time, intervened to give us the support that we needed to go to school, stay in school, by the Grace of God, we are reaping the benefits. And that is what we want to achieve by raising 25 billion naira and actually the 25 billion naira is not going to solve all the problems but definitely it will reposition our education sector better.
“It is not only Yobe that will benefit from this because a challenge in any part of Nigeria is a challenge in every part of the country. If we are able to deal with our educational challenge in Yobe, we are not the only people to benefit from the educated people in our state,” Lawan added.
He commended the State Governor, Mai Mala Buni for initiating the idea, while assuring donors that the donations would be “very prudently applied, and very responsibly utilised.”
The Senate President expressed hope that “at the end of the day, we will like to see a situation where our standing in the educational chart of Nigeria will be an obvious testimony of this event that we have been able to bring everybody together to support the educational development of Yobe State.”