By Nwanosike Onu, Awka
Anambra State government has received educational materials worth millions of naira from the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to aid learning in primary and secondary schools.
The materials, including computers, laptops, white boards, and text books, were presented to Governor Willie Obiano in Awka, the state capital, by the Executive Director, Finance and Administration, NIMASA, Chudi Offodile, who said the gesture was part of the agency’s corporate social responsibility in the country.
“We have 40 desktop commuters, some books, boards. This is part of our corporate social responsibility.
“So, on behalf of the Director-General of NIMASA and the governing board, I present this to the state government of Anambra State through the Secretary to the government.
“I hope that this state will find this useful and the different schools that will benefit from it will take advantage of this for the betterment of the society,” he said.
Obiano, through the Secretary to the State government, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, thanked NIMASA for the donation and for supporting the state to fight the COVID-19 pandemic last year.
“On behalf of the governor, Chief Willie Obiano, I will like to convey the state’s heartfelt appreciation for these wonderful donations to our schools by NIMASA as part of their corporate social responsibility.
“You may recall that during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2019/2020, the same NIMASA actually donated some palliative to the state. I think that underscores the reason sometimes we feel that in appointments, there should be reflection of federal character,” he said.
The governor, however, called on the agency to adopt a technical college in the state.
“We will appeal for more because you know that education is the fundamental enabler in any development. We look forward to a time NIMASA will actually adopt a technical school, a big secondary school and equip it with everything it requires.
“If they are able to do same for some of our hospitals, the state will equally appreciate it because at the end of the day the state government cannot do everything given its resources,” he said.