Samuel Luka, Bauchi
Few months after winning the Mr. Laka cultural title contest, a young man in Bauchi, Benjamin Matthew has purchased and donated instructional materials worth over N50,000 to the children of Government Junior secondary school, Wuntin Dada.
According to him, the gesture was part of his contribution to the educational development of the young ones.
Speaking while presenting the instructional materials that includes, 3 cartons of chock, 17 pieces of pen, 32 text book and 6 dozen of exercise book on Monday, Mr. Laka, Benjamin said he was touched by the level of poverty in country which has made it very difficult for many parents to afford such materials for their school children.
“I am the Mr. Laka Nigeria 2023. Laka is an ethnic group based in Adamawa, precisely in Jimeta, Yola North, Adamawa state. We always do contest during our annual cultural day”, he said.
Benjamin added, “It is expected that the winner of the contest for Mr. Laka title embark on project that will help the society, and that is why I presented the donation to the school in order to promote education to the young ones”.
While emphasizing that education is the backbone of development of every society, Mr. Laka said he has also settled tuition fees of some school children who have dropped out so that they can return to class.
Benjamin appealed to spirited individuals and groups to look into that direction and support the education of younger ones who are potential leaders of tomorrow.
“No matter how little you have, try and support school children because you don’t know what they may become in the nearest future. If you support a child he will never forget about you, he will always remember you”, he said.
He urged parents to do everything possible and enroll their children in school due to its importance in both human and societal development.
“All those ones that are out of school because of poverty, the parents should try their possible best and send them to school, it is very important. I want the youth like me to also support the little ones”, Benjamin further appealed.
Mr. Laka said, “people should try as much as possible to render support in whichever way they can, most especially to the vulnerable ones that can not afford exercise books, uniform or other needed school materials to enable them continue with their education”.
While responding, the Principal of the school, Mallam Hassan Bala appreciated the Laka cultural association and the Mr Laka for the support.
The Principal who called on philanthropists to emulate the young man by putting smile on the faces of the school children, prayed God to bless the cheerful giver abundantly.