Siemens promotes educational development in Edo schools
As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, Siemens Nigeria Limited, has donated learning aids to three schools in the communities around the Azura-Edo Independent Power Project (IPP) in Edo State.
Siemens Nigeria Limited, a contractor to Azura-Edo IPP, built a toilet facility for Owegie Primary School, Orior, and donated tables and chairs for the pupils in Igbimakenzua Primary School and Oba Erediauwa Primary Schools in Edo State respectively.
Commending Siemens for the project in Benin City recently, the Headmaster of Ewegie Primary School, said prior to the donation, the school lacked toilet facility, which made the pupils resort to the use of bushes. “With this facility on ground, the children will no longer urinate and excrete in bushes,” he said.
For Igbimakenzua and Oba Erediauwa primary schools, the donation of chairs and table for the pupils came at the right time. “Before Siemens brought the chairs and table, many of the pupils sit on the bare floor to learn and the teachers have to buy their teachers desk. Siemens has done well by bringing chairs and table for pupils and teachers in the school, Head Teacher of Oba Erediauwa Primary School, Florence Odunbor, said.
Speaking to journalists after the handover ceremony, Siemens Project Director, Gert Landmann, said: “I feel very proud. Our biggest achievement is to donate learning aids and toilet facility to the schools in the three communities around Azura Power plant.
“Our desire is to see that the children get proper education and that is what we have achieved through these CSR projects.”Also, Siemens Project Manager Onshore, Azura Edo IPP, Okechukwu Nwabuzor, said the company went to the schools around the power plant and assessed the immediate needs of the school before embarking on the CSR project. “What we did was to do an assessment, check the number of students in the schools, and we decided to donate 70 chairs that can accommodate 140 pupils to each of the two schools. We equally provided white boards for the pupils and other accessories that could last for one year, which include dusters, markers and others materials to make learning easy for them.
“We took the teachers into consideration by providing tables and chairs for them. We have decided to use the donation to compliment whatever the government has already provided for them.
“We believe that the provision of the learning aids will meet the needs of the pupils, and improve their academic performance in the school. One of the schools specifically requested for toilet facility, which we provided for the pupils,” he added.
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