The aides to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, have enrolled 100 pupils into various primary schools in the Daura Emirate of Katsina State.
The Speaker’s aides, under the umbrella of Gbaja Professionals Volunteer Network, carried out the gesture as part of efforts of imbibing their principal’s habit of giving back to society.
The network, formed in September 2019, had organized similar interventions in Surulere, Lagos State, where thousands of students benefitted,
Just recently, in commemoration of the Speaker’s 59th birthday, the aides had enrolled 38 out-of-school children among people with disabilities into school at Karmajiji area of Abuja, among other outreach programmes.
Some of the beneficiaries of the enrolment of 100 out-of-school children into primary schools in Daura, Katsina State by Gbaja Professionals Volunteer Network with some guests during the enrolment programme in Daura on Wednesday, September 23, 2021.
Speaking at the occasion, which took place in Daura, the Chief of Staff to the Speaker, Sanusi Garba-Rikiji, said the enrollment was in line with Mr Gbajabiamila’s vision of empowering the people in the area of education.
He said: “This is timely at this critical time of our nationhood where challenges are sending children out of school.
“The Speaker is a strong believer in one Nigeria. The Speaker is a highly patriotic man. The Gbaja Professionals have touched Nigerians at different locations.
“Today’s event is one of the laudable projects of the group, and it will not be the last in Daura as we shall continue. I urge the pupils to pay attention to their studies.
“Their parents should also pay attention,” he said, adding that a mechanism has been put in place to monitor their studies for possible rewards.
In a remark, the Katsina State Commissioner of Women Affairs, Rabiat Muhammad-Daura, said government alone could not take care of all the needs of the people, calling on other Nigerians to follow the steps of the Speaker.
Mrs Muhammad, who represented the state governor, Aminu Masari, said a gesture such as the enrollment of 100 pupils into schools was a good thing, urging both the parents and the pupils to justify the selection by the Speaker’s aides.
The member representing Daura/Mai-Adua/Sandamu Federal Constituency, Fatuhu Mohammed, who was represented by one of his aides, Aliyu Haruna, thanked the Speaker for the love he has been showing the people of Daura.
On his part, the National Coordinator of Gbaja Professionals, Lukman Lawal, who is the Special Assistant on Budget and Finance to the Speaker, emphasized the importance of education in the lives of children, whom he described as leaders of tomorrow.
According to him, the Speaker attaches a high premium to education, adding that his aides have keyed into his vision by ensuring that out-of-school children have adequate access to education.
Earlier in his goodwill message, the Emir of Daura, Dr. Umar Farouk-Umar, expressed appreciation to the Speaker for the gesture, which he said would go a long way in addressing the issue of out-of-school children in the emirate.
Represented by the Sardaunan Daura, Awwal Farouk Umar, the emir who described the Speaker as ‘Bajabaja’ (a Hausa word for giving or having something in excess), said Mr Gbajabiamila has proved himself to be a nationalist and patriot.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of school bags, books and other writing materials to the pupils, all of whom were adorned with their new school uniforms, sandals and white socks.