By Emameh Gabriel, Abuja
The Edo State Government has promised to continue to partner with individuals or groups who have genuine community development initiatives in the state. Gov. Godwin Obaseki made this disclosure at the commissioning of a two blocks of ten classrooms built and donated to Ogute and Itorugbe communities in Okpella, Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State by Idofe Anamero Foundation.
The Governor who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr. Taiwo Akerele said, the founder of the foundation Mr. Dekeri Anamero “has never shy away from community development projects, stressing that “he (Mr. Dekeri) has shown the way and have served as a guiding light to others who have refused to help people and their communities in particular, with the stupendous wealth God has blessed them with.
“We are proud of you but the challenge is to ensure that the facility donated is properly maintained, Obaseki said. He advised that a maintenance strategy should be put in place by leaders of the community to ensure that the facility serves the purpose for which it was built.
Earlier, the Okuokphellagbe of Okpella, Alhaji Yusuf Dirisu, commended the donor of the projects and said the gesture is an expression of his love for the community and urged other well-meaning sons and daughters to emulate same.
Impressed with what he saw, governor Obaseki said arrangements has been concluded and contractors have been ordered to go back to site for work to commence on the construction of Okpella township roads which his predecessor, Adams Oshiomole started and was unable to complete before the expiration of his tenure.
Also speaking at the event, former Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole said, he was impressed by what he saw on ground, stressing that one must not be in government before making impacts on the lives of his people.
He said that Dekeri Anamero was a good example of a success story because he was determined and that was why dignitaries from across Edo State were gathered.
The former labour leader said, he was inspired to honour the invitation because he is an “education fanatic”.
“The starting point for empowerment is helping to provide quality and basic education. You are an example of what people should emulate because the basis for survival is knowledge in a digitalized world that is technologically driven”. Oshiomhole advised the youths of Okpella community to think inward and take advantage of what education has put on the table for their future.
While commending the efforts of Anamero Foundation for the initiative, Oshiomohle said, “There are those who have ruled and had opportunity to help but have failed.”
In his keynote address, the founder of Idofe Anamero Foundation and MD Gulf Treasure Oil and Danco Investment, said there is no other way he could have been fulfilled as an individual, than giving back to the society, as it has become a call to duty for him.
According to him, “I know whatever I have achieved so far, is by the grace of Almighty God. So, for me, philanthropy is a call to duty”.
He said he was motivated to embark on the project after a visit to the school with a selected group from the two communities that are beneficiaries of the project, hence the foundation intervention.
He said, he was perplexed by the deplorable situation of the school and wondered “how learning can ever take place in such a run-down environment. There are too many complaints, in some places it is lack of drinkable water and other essentials of life”, he added.
He pleaded with the students to use the improved environment provided for them to aspire to greater heights in their quest for knowledge.
While stressing the need for the benefiting students to acknowledge the Foundation’s gesture, Mr Dekeri said, “the current malaise bedeviling the youths can be curbed with the right education, as such is the antidote to poverty, ignorance, disease and squalor. He reminded parents that the ultimate education for their children and wards must begin from the home as teachers only have limited roles to play in the life of a child.
The oil magnate maintained that, since the foundation was founded in 2012, it has prioritized education among others. So far, according to Mr Dekeri, the foundation has continued to distribute 200,000 exercise books in public primary schools across Edo North, awarded. Scholarships have also been provided for over two hundred indigent students. To ameliorate the recalcitrant problem of power supply, the doundation has donated transformers to some communities in Okpella and sank many boreholes among many others.