Daystar fixes four military schools
It was like yesterday when the country woke up to the reality of bomb blasts at the Military Cantonment Ikeja, Lagos, which wreaked havoc on many buildings in the barracks including schools, residential buildings and on human beings.
The effect of the blast dispatched many a Nigerian hurriedly to the great beyond by reason of lack of knowledge as to the direction, which the blast came from. So many ran helter-skelter and the implosion helped in no small measure in reducing the population in thousands. The blasts so shook the state and its environs that the swamp at the Oke-afa axis of the state swallowed many.
This unfortunate event, which occurred on January 27, 2002 will remain indelible in the memory of many, especially pupils of Military Primary School, Army Children Primary School, Army Barracks Primary School, and Army Model Primary School. Their schools were left in a shambles since then till last year when Daystar Christian Centre brought back smiles to these pupils by replacing the devastated structures with modern blocks of classroom.
It was a day of joy as pupils, parents, teachers, friends and well wishers gathered at the Cantonment for the official hand over of the keys to the buildings to the school authorities.
Chairman, Onigbongbo Local Government Area, Hon. Idowu Obasa, described the gesture as worthy of emulation.
“I specially thank God because it is happening in our time. I also thank the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) for its sacrifices and contributions. On behalf of these children whose future is being written in better ink, I thank Daystar. I can confidently say that Pastor Sam Adeyemi holds the Onigbongbo humanitarian award that is currently running. This is a great challenge to government and all those endowed with resources to make this place a better place. We have other churches in my local government but Daystar stands out out among the lot in her corporate social responsibility. This is not the first thing that Daystar is doing. What you have done is an inspiration to all of us. The local government will also assist in our capacity, the LG boss said.”
In response, Pastor Kenny Folarin who represented Pastor Adeyemi said: “It is a dream come true. The dilapidated structures occasioned by the January 27, 2002 bomb blast have given way to these modern blocks of classrooms. We thank God for the direction to contribute to society. Please I want to state here that the benevolent act was an instruction from God and not for sight seeing or self-glorification. And we hope that the pupils will get the best from it. I want to appreciate the cooperation of military officers. We thank you so much for being there and also the cooperation from SUBEB and the local government. It is a contribution from all of us and not from Daystar alone. We believe the children will become role models in the society.”
In its little effort in thanking Daystar and all those who assisted in making history, Command Children School’s two songs, Among others and Yesterday and the Girls and Boys Brigade of Army Children School display were enough signs that there were excited about the Daystar gesture.
Also, the Commandant, 9th Brigade, Brigadier-General Joseph Ochoga, showered encomiums on Daystar and promised to make good use of the facilities.
“We thank God for this special day. Daystar mobilized men and equipment less than a year to erect these massive buildings. We are all witnesses to the edifice that is left on ground. We cannot thank Daystar enough. The modern facilities make for conducive learning environment for teachers and pupils”.
What we promise is that the structures and facility would remain intact and maintained. It would be a standard and envy to other organizations who are into social corporate responsibility.”
In his keynote address, Permanent board member of SUBEB, Alhaji Babatunde Olaoluwa standing in for Executive Chairman urged the private sector to continue to partner with government adding that Daystar has demonstrated that her job is not only soul winning but contributing meaningfully to the community.
Pastor Folarin handed the keys of the building over to Onigbongbo Local Government chairman who in turn gave it to officials of SUBEB.
The facilities include 32 classrooms, 13 toilets, three library shelves, five units of library chairs and tables, 14 white boards with markers, 14 chairs and tables for teachers, 21 classroom blocks with 16 toilets, 32 teachers’ tables, 420 desks, 22 units of white board and marker and two computers.
The facilitator of the project who got Daystar interested in the project as was gathered, Major Bala Alhadu who was also ADC to a one time Nigeria’s Head of State who? and Chief Inspector of Education, Army Command Children School, 81 Division, gave the vote of thanks and assured the gathering of the maintenance of the school.