Rivers First Lady donates 50,000 exercise books to public schools

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From Chris Eze, Port Harcourt

Wife of the Rivers State Governor, Lady Valerie Siminalayi Fubara, has presented 50,000 copies of exercise books to public schools in the state.

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The State Commissioner for Education, Prof Chinedu Mmon and the Executive Chairman of the Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board, Venerable Fyneface Akah, received the books on behalf of the beneficiaries.

 Speaking at the occasion held at the Banquet Hall Annex, Government House, Port Harcourt, on Monday, Lady Fubara stated that the programme was part of the Renewed Hope Initiative of the wife of the President, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, geared towards advancing and sustaining quality education to uplift and give hope to Nigerians.

 The Governor’s wife said, “My joy is fundamentally hinged on the fact that our State is fortunate to be a beneficiary of the programmes of the Renewed Hope Initiative of the Wife of the President, Senator Oluremi Tinubu.

 “While we have earlier flagged off an empowerment scheme for the elderly in this same place, today, we are here to set off a valuable programme in support of education through the provision of free exercise books to children in our dear State.

 “The presentation of these 50,000 copies of exercise books is, therefore, synergic in promoting quality education for a better Nigeria. So, it is gratifying that children are the prime beneficiaries of this particular scheme.

“These exercise books should be distributed only to pupils and students in public schools in the 23 Local Government Areas of the State,” she emphasized.

 The Wife of the Governor described the event as significant, in recognition of the fact that education is one of the key priority areas of the Governor Siminalayi Fubara-led Administration.

 She also commended the wife of the President for extending love to the State, emphasizing that the initiative would no doubt make Rivers State and Nigeria better.

“This event is quite significant and dear to our State as education is one of the cardinal pillars of the Administration of our Governor, my husband, Sir Siminalayi Fubara

“I must, therefore, express my profound gratitude to the wife of the President for extending this love to our State. The initiative is in line with our determined efforts of advancing and sustaining quality education that uplift and give hope to our people. It is an initiative that will make Rivers State and Nigeria better,” she added.

 In his remarks, the State Commissioner for Education, Prof Chinedu Mmom, who noted the challenges faced by parents in training their children in schools, thanked the wife of the Governor for the initiative, saying that the gesture would go a long way in reducing the burden on parents.

 Also speaking, a representative of the schools, Mr. Tobin Micah, noted that the books would help in reducing monies spent by parents in the purchase of books, and assured that the books would be judiciously distributed to all the public primary and secondary schools in the state.

 Highlights of the event were the handing over of the books to the Commissioner by the State’s First Lady, as well as the presentation of copies of the books to some students of various schools in the State.

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