As part of its corporate social responsibility program, the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) has donated clinc equipment to Government Junior Secondary School, Kurudu and Abuja Children’s home, an orphanage.
The Executive Secretary of NSC, Mr Hassan Bello, who was represented by the deputy director, Abuja liaison office, Hajia Rakiya Nuhu said the gesture was a part of a yearly initiative of the council to put smiles on the face of the less privileged.
”Our gathering here today is to support and empower Nigerians in need in different ways, as part of our corporate social responsibility activities.
” Accordingly, the government JSS Kurudu was found qualified to attract the attention of NSC’s CSR intervention and was graciously chosen as one of beneficiaries for the year 2020 CSR.
While presenting the items, Bello said the council will be glad if the items are put to proper use.
”The council is here today to deliver to the school’s clinic, two hospital beds, two air mattresses, two electric Irons and two rechargeable lamps.
”We are delivering four blankets, four mosquito nets, four white bed sheets, four towels and one Honda Generator.
”Other items include, two hotwater bottles, a rechargeable fan, one double door fridge and four buckets.
”NSC’s joy will know no bounds when we find out that these items are judiciously used in touching the lives of the ordinary Nigerian citizen,” Bello said.
The principal of the school, Mrs Talatu Isah, welcoming the delegation, expressed her appreciation for the kind gesture of the NSC. She also appreciated the Queen Agnes Foundation through which the gesture came.
Isah said the gesture would impact not just the school but the Kurudu community at large, adding that the items would be judiciously used for the benefit of the students.
She seized the opportunity to outline the challenges faced by the school which according to her include lack of a school hall for proper invigilation of exams, inadequate toilets, fallen fence, depleted library and blocks of classrooms in a state of disrepair.
She appealed to the shippers council and the school’s board to further assist to make the learning process more meaningful for the students.
In her speech, Mrs Thelma Akinduru, President, Queen Agnes Foundation (QAF) who acted as liaison between the school and NSC, appreciated the NSC for responding to her request to provide the items for the school clinic after her foundation renovated it.
According to her, she realised the needs of the school during a program she attended and was burdened by the fact that the school had no sickbay.
”Being moved by the fact that the sickbay was very essential especially at this period of COVID-19 where a lot of medical attention is needed for the children, I began to think of how best to handle the issue.
”I approached the shippers council and expressed the fact that the school needs help and should be assisted,” she said.
Akinduro said the NSC came afterwards, inspected the school and decided to support them.
The presentation of the items was witnessed by some officials of the school, board members, village heads from Kurudu community, and students who took turns to express appreciation.
Miss Precious Etim who spoke on behalf of the students prayed God to bless the Shippers council and Queen Agnes foundation.
At the Abuja Children’s home, the executive secretary to the administrator Mr Daniels who welcomed the delegation said it has been a long time because of the pandemic since the home received such goodwill.
He led the delegation to the clinic which was virtually empty except for a few bottles of vitamin C syrup.
Hajia Rakiya Nuhu who presented the items donated which include pressing iron, a refrigerator, washing machine, two hospital beds, towels, blankets, mosquitoes nets , rechargeable lamps and a cooler appealed to other well meaning Nigerians to imitate the gesture.
The children at the home , 86 in number expressed Joy at the gifts and prayed God to bless the council for remembering them.
The staff lamented non payment of salaries in the past few months and urged government to come to their aid.