A total of 300 pupils in Sokoto state, on Saturday, were presented with new uniforms exercise books, copies of the Holy Qur’an and school bags containing other learning materials by the family of late Balarabe Goronyo, a leading Sokoto-based philanthropist.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the family had on June 30th, and during the 2021 International World Book Giving Day, donated 2,000 exercise books and 10,000 copies of similar books to pupils in the state.
The family had also provided no fewer than 40 JAMB forms to indigent children, and sponsored a free medical outreach for 700 patients with eye ailments and 500 others suffering from hypertension and diabetes.
A spokesperson of the family, Halliru Goronyo, said that the gesture was aimed at facilitating the education of pupils in the area.
“Our aim is to ensure that no child is left out of school for not being able to get the required materials for education.
“Today, no fewer than 300 pupils are expected to get new uniforms, exercise books, text books, bags and other learning materials to support their education.
“Moreover, the gesture is aimed at complementing government’s effort at ensuring the best education, as funding remains a collective responsibility that should not be solely left to the government,” he said.
Another member of the family, Yahaya Goronyo, said that the gesture was a dedication to the legacies left behind by their late father.
He assured that the support would continue to be extended, in order to encourage the pupils and their parents towards acquiring the best education.
Also speaking, Nura Attajiri, the guest lecturer at the event, urged other members of the society to emulate the Goronyo family by assisting the less privileged with whatever little they could afford.
“People should understand that it is not only the rich in the society that can support the needy, but with the little we have we can make a lot of difference.
“As such, let all of us support, because assisting the needy in the society attracts a lot of reward from Allah and will yield the best generation we desire,” he said.
Mr Attajiri urged parents to continue to support their children by monitoring their activities and ensuring that they were properly educated.
One of the beneficiary parents, Abdulkadir Ibrahim, thanked the family for the gesture, saying that the assistance would be of great help to them and the children.