A philanthropist in Abak, Mr. Monday Dan Udo has donated 10,000 copies of 60 leaves exercise books for onward distribution to 44 public Primary schools in Abak local government area of Akwa Ibom State as part of the 2020 Annual Education Support Programme of his foundation, Monday Dan Udo Foundation to Public Primary School in the Abak.
Presenting the books to the benefiting schools, today Thursday at Bishop Clark Central School, Abak, Mr. Udoh, a staff with Shell Oil Company said his decision to donate the books to public schools in the area was informed by the need to key into the free and compulsory education policy of the state government, and commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for sustaining the free education policy in the state.
Mr. U doh who is the Chairman of Monday Dan Udo Foundation said he was disturbed when he discovered that they were some school pupils who had to dropout from school following the inability of their parents to buy them note books. He also noted that it was in the course of his findings that he got to know that some of the pupils were using one exercise book for all the subjects, a development he noted could be discouraging for these children, hence his decision to intervene as part of his own constitution to the society.
“My foundation felt it was necessary to contribute to making the society a better society for all, so we decided to procure these exercise books to school children in Abak so as to encourage them to take their studies serious”.
Receiving the books on behalf of public schools in the area, Mrs. Florence Bayo thanked the donor for his kind heartedness towards the pupils, and prayed God to reward his effort. In her remarks, the Chairman, State Universal Basically Education Board, SUBEB, Prof. Maria Ikrok represented by a Board Member 2, Mrs. Inibehe Silas, praised the philanthropist for his selfless sacrifice toward the development of the education sector in the state, saying the SUBEB and the state government appreciates the gesture.
Unveiling the exercise books, Chairman-elect for Abak, Pastor Ekerette Inyang applauded the donor for his community development efforts in Abak, and urged other well placed individuals to emulate him. Others who spoke glowingly about the philanthropic gesture of Mr. Monday Dan Udo include, Chairman Akwa Ibom Youth Caucus, Abak Chapter, Mr. Umo Umoh, Chapter PDP Chairman for Abak, Dr. Michael Dan Udo among others.
Pupils of the Bishop Clark School presented a welcome song at the event.
The Monday Dan Udo Foundation established three years ago has been consistent in its contribution to the development of the education sector in Abak in particular and Akwa Ibom in general. Last year, the foundation had donated 7000 copies of note books to schools in Abak and also donated cash for the welfare of Primary Schools teachers in the area.
Credit: Mfonobong Ukpong