Wife of Rivers State Governor, Dame Judith Amaechi, has blamed rich and influential Nigerians for the moral decadence and dwindling fortune of education in the country.
Mrs. Amaechi stated this Thursday during the flag off of the “Adopt a Child Initiative” and foundation laying of ESI Model School at Omuma in Rivers State.
She said the less privileged children have turned to crime and other social vices due to the negligence and irresponsible attitude of rich and influential Nigerians who have abandoned the children and failed to provide a befitting education for the kids.
According to her, “the challenges that our children especially the less privileged face are enormous, many of the crime we battle to tackle today snowballed to this level because the rich and influential have failed to provide quality education for the children”.
Mrs. Amaechi decried that despite the huge resource in the hands of rich Nigerians, the growing population of illiterate children put at 10 million is on the rise now.
According to her, “it was against the background that Empowerment Support Initiative (ESI) initiated the “Adopt a Child Initiative” to persuade wealthy Nigerians to adopt less privileged children and provide them with requisite knowledge and skills which will improve their wellbeing”.
According to her, the Empowerment Support Initiative (ESI) will be collaborating with well-meaning individuals to bankroll the education of the less privileged children to enable them acquired international standard pre-school nursery education. By this arrangement, an adopted child pays N36,000 per term or N108.00 annually.
Mrs. Amaechi also disclosed that the initiative is aimed at raising patriotic and productive class in the state who will shun other social vices like kidnapping, crime and find dignity in labour as well as uphold good ethical conduct and value; hence “the NGO is catching these crop of leaders young for the society”.
Mrs. Amaechi said education was the only panacea to curbing youth restiveness and other societal vices.
Mrs. Amaechi who also laid the foundation stone for ESI permanent site at Omuma Council Area and flagged off the schools at the local government area charged mother to join in the fight against illiteracy among children.
She said women have enormous role to play in the success of the federal government amnesty programme as well as meeting the objectives of the millennium development goals in health, education among others.
In her speech, wife of the Chairman of Omuma Local Council Area,Uche Anucha, said ESI school initiative is an interventionist effort towards salvaging the dwindling fortune of education among the people.
In the same vein, chairman of the council John Anucha who pledged to support the initiative including providing a bus said the effort will go a long way in addressing cases of illiteracy in the LGA.
The Administrator of ESI Nowa Omoregbe said over 3000 pupils are currently registered in the ESI schools in 7 LGA solicited the partnership of the rural communities.