The National Association of SeaDogs (NAS), also known as Pirates Confraternity, has distributed 100 uniforms and writing materials to Government Primary School, Ikot Ndua Iman/Ikot Nkan in Onna, Akwa Ibom.
Mr Paul Ike, President , NAS, Eket chapter, said on Sunday in Onna Local Government Area of the state that the gesture was in commemoration of the International Day of Education.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme for 2021 is: “Recover and Revitalise Education for the COVID-19 Generation.”
He said that small, medium and large uniforms as well as writing materials including exercise books, pens, rulers, erasers and sharpeners were distributed to pupils of the school.
Ike said that education was key to sustainable development and encouraged the pupils to be of good behaviour.
“We want to identify with you on this year’s International Day of Education and to encourage you to take your education seriously.
“Don’t play with your education, ensure you read your books, listen to your teachers and parents because you are the leaders of tomorrow,” he advised.
He lamented that 70 per cent of the pupils of the school had no uniforms while some wore torn uniforms.
“For schools we have not visited, we will visit them in subsequent edition as we encourage schools to take their education seriously.
“Our assistance cuts across, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions; this gesture doesn’t end with providing school uniforms, writing materials but we also go to some schools and work on infrastructure that are dilapidated,” he said.
Ike said the initiative was the association’s little way of contributing to the development of the economy, adding that education is very important to any nation.
Responding on behalf of the teachers, Mr Etukudoh Essien expressed appreciation to the association, saying that the benevolence and love toward the pupils of the primary school was fantastic.
“Your benevolence is so much that we really appreciate it because so many of these pupils, their parents cannot afford their uniforms. Your kind gesture and love to the pupils is appreciated,” Essien said.
Essien appealed to NAS to do more especially for those who have not benefitted from their gesture.
“Please consider those who have not benefitted from your gesture to ensure that all the pupils are carried along in your next visit,” he pleaded. (NAN)