Policymakers urged to focus on development
The Great Commission (TGC) Christian Network, has called on policymakers to lay emphasis on development.
The group, as part of its community development initiative, said this during the inauguration of Mpape Community Primary School in Abuja.
The Assistant General Overseer, RCCG, Ezekiel Odeyemi, while inaugurating the project in Abuja, noted that the Nigerian education system requires a lot of renovation.
According to Odeyemi, every developed country in the world emphasises education, adding that Nigeria must not expect much from the citizens if it fails to train them.
He stated: “If we have a lot of problems in our country today, it points to the fact that our leaders are not doing enough in building the future generation, and that is why we are appealing to them to build the future generation.”
Noting that the church is doing a great job in the country, the clergy regretted that Nigerians are not appreciating it, saying the church will not relent in its effort to contribute its quota to Nigeria’s development.
TGC President, Andy Ikekhide, in his remarks, disclosed that the aim of the exercise was to provide an environment conducive enough for teaching and learning.
He said: “We want to improve the lives of the children and we also want to give them a gift that nobody can take away from them which is education.
“When we came out for our annual outreach, we discovered that the building was no longer habitable and was not something the children could sit under to learn. So, to mark my birthday, I decided to do this for our children.”
TGC Zonal Coordinator, Alex Amughan, on his part said it is a gesture and commitment to improving the lives of people living in Abuja communities.
He said: “That is why we at TGC and, in line with our mission to be part of the community where we live and work, decided to come out as a team to associate with this local school. This is because we believe that the environment we live in has a lot of impact on the learning ability of students.
“When we got to this school, we found a lot of dilapidated infrastructures. The floors of the classrooms were not cemented, the ceilings were falling off, the walls were not painted and the chairs were broken. Therefore, we thought that there is no better way to do this than in partnership with this charity group and to really take our time to improve the school’s environment.
“We are not going to stop here. We are still going to other community schools.”
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