… MD FAAN lays foundation for construction of clinic, NUT office.
By Sani Surajo Abubakar
Ammasco donates N20m edifice to his alma mater.
As Gobirawa project primary school in Fagge local Education Authority celebrates its golden jubilee, an ex-pupil of the school, Alh Mustapha Ado Amasco built and donated a two-story block of nine class rooms, costing twenty million naira, to the school.
In a similar gesture, a fellow popil, Captain Rabiu Yadudu, the Managing Director Of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) kick start the building of a clinic and Nigeria Union Of Teachers (NUT) local office.
Speaking at the occasion, Alh Mustapha Ado Ammasco said he initiated the project to assist his former primary school in order to create an enabling environment for effective teaching and learning.
“Looking back after decades, one can only be thankful and feel the need to give back to the society especially the very one that made you. It was with this intention that I embarked on this project of classrooms to enable the up coming generation to enjoy the liberty of having quality education in a very conducive environment that is even better than what we had in our time”,he said.
The secretary to the state Government, Alh Usman Alh who commissioned the project and inaugurated the building of the clinic and the NUT office said the state government is revamping the education sector, part of why it has recently made a policy of free and compulsory education at primary and secondary levels.
Alh Usman Alh maintained that “Kano state governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje had launched free and compulsory education policy for the benefits of all children in the state. Contributions from individuals could boost the policy. Kano state government is happy with what Ammasco has done as it will augment the effort of managing classrooms shortages. People and government of Kano are happy with what you (Ammasco) has and we are proud of you.”
The SSG called on all teachers and education managers in the state to rededicate themselves in the discharge of their duties for better result.
In their separate remarks, the commissioner of education, Alh Sanusi Majidadi Kiru who was represented by Alh Rabiu Abdu Sharifai and the executive secretary of Kano state senior secondary schools management Board, Dr Bello Shehu appreciated the initiatives by the old pupils for making an attempt to give their former school a new outlook.
The guest lecturer and the principal of Kano state College of Education and preliminary studies, Dr Sunusi Yakubu Ahamad made an elaborate presentation on the importance of primary education which he described as the basic of attaining any educational pursuit and assured the school of the college’s readiness to mentor the school especially in the teaching aspect just he promised to donate computers and other instructional materials to the school.
The emir of Kano, Alh Aminu Ado Bayero who spoke through the District head of Dala, Turakin Kano, Alh Abdullahi Lamido Sanusi called on the federal government to consider Alh Mustapha Ammasco for a national merit award following his outstanding contributions towards making lives of people better in many ramifications.
Earlier, the chairman of Gobirawa Old Pupils Association (GOPA), Malam Sanusi Adamu said many old pupils of the primary school have been assisting the school and cited examples of; house of representative member representing Fagge consitituency, Alh Aminu Suleiman Goro who built a block of classes. Fagge local government chairman, Alh Ibrahim Muhammad Abdullahi Shehi who constructed a security outpost among others and enjoined others to put all hands on deck to take the school to the next level.
Malam Sanusi Adamu made a clarion call to the state government to establish an office of special Assistant on Old pupil Affairs as it will give room for people in various Endeavors to partake in the development of their alma mater.
The chief host, who is one of the former pupils of the school and chairman of Fagge local government, Alh Ibrahim Muhammad Abdullahi Shehi said there are many ex-pupil of the school performing well in all spheres of life, within the country and in Diaspora, saying the school has the highest number of pupils, numbering fourteen thousand in the state. According to him, the local administration had intensified effort of according priority to education for why it now made a policy of deploying political appointees to teach in primary schools in the area, at least once in a week.
Alh Ibrahim lamented on the spate of drug abuse among youths drawing the attention of all stakeholders to sit up and devise strategies of fighting the devastating scourge.
The chairman used the opportunity to appreciate the efforts of Alh Mustapha Ammasco of providing jobs for teaming youths in the state just he solicited more slots for Fagge indigenes.
Presentation of awards and gifts were made to individuals who have contributing towards the development of the school. As part of their contribution to intellectual development of the pupils, one thousand notebooks were donated to the school by Ammasco’s family at the end of the ceremony.
Sani, an ex-pupil of Gobirawa Project Primary School is a staff of the State Ministry of Information.