Ike Okoli Foundation has donated 21 computer units, and two generating sets to Community Primary School, Akpugoeze in Oji River Local Government Area of Enugu State.
President of the Foundaton, Mr Ike Okoli, while presenting the items to the school on Monday, said an equipped computer centre would provide an opportunity for people of the community to become computer literate without paying a dime.
Okoli said that the Foundation would also take up the responsibility of paying the computer analysts/instructors who would conduct the training, security and other staff of the training centre for two years.
According to him, after two years, it is expected that the commercial section of the computer centre will be generating enough funds to cater for the staff wages and miscellaneous expenses of running the centre.
He said that the Foundation would also provide a bus that would convey those interested in the training from different designated spots in the community to and fro the computer training centre free of charge.
Okoli, an old boy of the school, said “my Foundation wanted computer knowledge to be imparted across border, especially among jobless youths as a means of widening their knowledge, as well as create job opportunities.
This he said would go a long way in keeping the youth away from crime.
“As a strategy of ensuring sustainability and security of the initiative, my Foundation is taking the responsibility of paying the computer instructors, who will be mentoring the trainees, a security-man, cleaner and two other workers for two years.”He noted that his organisation as part of its corporate social responsibility would extend the largesse to all primary schools in Oji River Local Government Area in the near future.
Responding, Chief Obinna Ezechukwu, the supervisory councilor for agriculture in the local government, said the initiative would enhance the knowledge-base of residents of Akpugoeze to become computer compliant in no distant time.
Ezechukwu, an indigene of the community, said Okoli had long carved a niche himself by helping humanity back in his days as President of Oji River Students Association in Enugu State University of Science and Technology.
Also Speaking, the President-General Ofemiri Akpugoeze, Rev. Henry Eze, expressed gratitude to Okoli for the gesture.
Eze called on illustrious sons and daughters of the community to emulate him by embarking on self-willed and community-oriented projects that would empower the people and facilitate development of Akpugoeze.
Responding, the Assistant Head Teacher of the school, Mr Aloysius Okeke, thanked the foundation for bthe donation.
“This commendable gesture will indeed raise the standard of learning among our pupils and make them to be in tune with modern method of learning,” Okeke said.