Yenagoa, June 10, 2019 (NAN) The Reuben Okoya (ROK) Foundation has donated 15 desktop computers to Bayelsa Education Development Trust Fund (EDTF) to support the state government initiatives towards improving its educational system.
Reuben Okoya, the founder of the foundation made the presentation of the items on Monday in Yenagoa, South South Nigeria.
He said that the donation was to redeem the pledge made during the launching of the Bayelsa Education Trust Fund, on May 24.
Okoya Foundation is a non-governmental and non-profit organisation that focuses on meeting the various needs of the people in Nigeria including Bayelsa.
The Trust Fund, which was signed into law on March 2017, made it compulsory for different categories of workers, including contractors and civil servants in Bayelsa to pay education levies.
“I am here today to donate the computers to EDTF, because the board is saddled with generating funds for education in Bayelsa.
“This board will make the transmission to the state Ministry of Education for disbursement in general.
“So, I am here to redeem my pledge today, these are tools which students use for learning on a daily basis.
“I have confidence that the board will distribute these computers to the areas where they are needed most and to ensure that the students utilise them for learning.
“The importance of education can never be over-stated in any society that is why I am particularly glad today that Bayelsa state has started a revolution already.
“This revolution has been carried on by Gov. Seriake Dickson.
“I urge our people, no matter how little the amount maybe to do something, it could be N5, 000 or N10, 000, no amount is small.
“I hope it will go a long way to better the state education system.
“If we do not raise our children right, if we do not educate them properly, the society is doomed,” Okoya stated.
In his remark, Mrs Alice Atuwo, Executive Secretary, Bayelsa State Education Development Trust Fund Board said the gesture was a welcome development.
“It is very heart-warming that after the launch, we have received quick response from those who pledge and today is another occasion.’’ Atuwo said.