By Moses Oyediran, Enugu
Some primary schools and a secondary school in Enugu at the weekend received educational materials worth millions of naira from the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama and Huawel Technologies Company Limited amidst jubilation.
The schools which include: Central Primary School, Eke, Community Primary School, Oma Eke, Okwanda Primary School, Ogui Agu Eke, St. Paul’s Nursery/Primary School and St. Paul’s Secondary School, Eke.
In a brief ceremony flagging off the donation materials, Onyeama said that the donation was done through his pet project ‘Kwusike Foundation’ in collaboration with Huawel Technologies Company Limited a Chinese company.
According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari’s youth empowerment programmes inspired him to embark on the exercise.
He said that it had become necessary to support Nigerians, especially, those in the rural areas due to the bad shape of the economy.
Onyeama commended the management of the company for their partnership in the success of the exercise.
“Times are tough but we will continue to support you in order to make it easier for you to learn. We want you to make your parents happy,” he said.
The minister said that the Federal Government would continue to provide the enabling environment for school children to learn under safe and secure environment.
“We need to prioritise the empowerment of our school children and keep them safe,” he said.
Onyeama said that Kwusike Foundation had permanent programmes for schools and widows in the country.
Earlier, the Deputy Managing Director, Huawel Technologies Company Nigeria Ltd., Mr Kelvin Yang, said that the company had been operating in Nigeria for 21 years.
Yang said that their dream was to support Nigeria to bridge the digital gap in the society.
“This is why we work tirelessly to partner with all stakeholders to provide technology innovation, knowledge transfer, and carry out our corporate social responsibility.
“We are committed to cultivating local talents and believe that if we can secure
quality education for our youths, a bright future is secure for Nigeria,” he said.
He said that the company had partnered with universities, colleges and schools across Nigeria to help them improve their study environment and enhance knowledge transfer and technical skills.
“We are highly inspired by Onyeama, who has continued to encourage us to expand our scope in our support for education in Nigeria,” he said.
Yang said that the company had trained no fewer than 17, 000 Nigerian students and 20, 000 engineers.
“In the next three years, we look forward to training 30, 000 more,” Yang said.
Our correspondent reports that similar donations will be made to three schools in each of the 17 local government areas of the state.
The educational materials donated are chairs, desks, school bags containing New Wave English and Mathematics textbooks, five exercise books and mathematical sets.