The executive director, Corporate Services, UAC Of Nigeria PLC, Mr Joe Dada has reiterated the company’s continued resolve to stem the tide of increasing deterioration of the educational sector in Nigeria.
Dada, who was speaking at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Free Weekend Classes organised as part of UAC Goodness League initiative for students in Lagos State said, “Since 2008, our company has been doing good in line with UAC’s corporate tagline, and leading from the front in the grand march to stem the tide of increasing deterioration of the educational infrastructure and programmes in our country.”
He further called on other Nigerians, “especially with the right structures and institutions, to join the march towards lifting our country out of the mire of backwardness and underdevelopment, which the deterioration in the education sector portends especially among our youths.”
Also speaking at the event, the tutor-general/Permanent Secretary, Education District 1 in Lagos State, Dr. Olufolayimika Ayandele, commended UAC for bringing the Free Weekend Classes to the district this year.
She noted that 300 students were coached under the scheme adding that the impact of the knowledge that the students received would go a long way in making them better and productive citizens in future.
She pointed out that as the largest education district in the state, having a student population of 130,000 and workforce of 5,000, UAC through, the scheme made contact with about 7,500 students.
Ayandele urged the company to continue its focus on the district so that the number of students that would benefit from the scheme would rise to 1,000.
She disclosed that Education District 1 would continue to partner with corporate organisations like UAC to introduce new schemes that will appeal to the intrinsic values of the students so as to make learning more interesting.
She said because the Free Weekend Classes took place in District 1 this year, 90 teachers who had been tasked with the responsibility of coaching students during the holidays had the opportunity to rest.
The UAC Goodness League Free Weekend Classes for SSS3 students in Lagos which was extended to Government Senior College Agege and ran for six weekends, recorded an impressive turnout of students as over 30 schools in the district registered for the scheme.
The UAC Goodness League Free Weekend Classes have been successfully executed for nine years consecutively by UAC of Nigeria Plc with classes holding at various times in both Gbagada and Ajegunle centres of Lagos State.
UAC in realizing the goals of the Goodness League adopted both the hard and soft issues.