The Cement Company of Northern Nigeria (CCNN), trading under brand name of Sokoto Cement, on Friday distributed educational materials to primary schools in Sokoto State.
The company’s Managing Director, Alhaji Ibrahim Aminu, said the gesture was part of the company’s support packages aimed at complementing efforts of Sokoto State Government to develop its education sector.
Aminu, represented by his Director of Maintenance, Mr Alex Ijiga, said the company was also assisting the state through portable water supply, electrification, rural roads, health-care, women and youths empowerment as part of its corporate social responsibility activities.
He said the company was running a school and had awarded scholarship to 30 indigent students in tertiary institutions.
“The present educational materials donation is mainly for primary schools, basic and secondary education to complement enrolment sustenance.
“It’s our honest intention toward complementing the state of emergency declaration; it’s a pilot scheme that will be expanded,” Aminu said.
Aminu promised more partnership with the state ministry of education to explore areas of more assistance for the benefit of the state.
The state Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Dr Jabbi Kilgori, described the support as strategic in recognition of importance of instructional materials to students.
Kilgori, who was represented by the Director of Quality Assurance in the ministry, Alhaji Jodi Tambuwal, said the gesture would reduce parents’ burden.
He enjoined other companies and well-to-do persons to emulate Sokoto Cement in its efforts to assist people, especially the less privileged.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiary schools, the Education Secretary of Wamakko Local Government, Alhaji Aminu Jabbi-Durbawa, expressed appreciation for the gesture, noting that it would support learning among students.
Jabbi-Durbawa urged companies, community based groups, School Based Management Committees (SBMCs), Parents-Teachers Associations (PTAs) and others to complement government’s efforts through such initiatives.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event was attended by school headmasters and Alhaji Marfa Danbaba, the CCNN Director (Marketing), among others. (NAN)