Image: Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo State
The Adamawa State government has awarded a large parcel of land for the Rochas Foundation to build a school for the less privileged in the state.
Gov. Jibrilla Bindow of Adamawa who awarded the land in Yola said the government can sacrifice anything for education in the state
Bindow called on well-meaning Nigerians to invest more in education, adding that the sector was vital to social development.
He commended Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo State for the provision of a secondary school for the less privileged in the state.
He added that the state was one of the educationally disadvantaged, assuring him of support from the state government.
The Governor, while converting a gulf field into Rochas Foundation site, said that public interest surpassed the interest of an individual or group of individuals.
According to the state government, it would provide an alternative gulf field.
He said the gesture would go a long way in propagating the change the people had yearned for.
“We can sacrifice anything for education because it is only peace that is as important as education.
“I commend Governor Rochas Okorocha for this kind gesture and I pray that the lord will grant his future political endeavors.
“I am calling on well-meaning Nigerians to take a cue from Rochas to invest more in education, especially by supporting the less privileged.
“We will negotiate with the golfers and provide an alternative place for them, because even the constitution states that public interest surpasses any group interest ’’
Earlier, Okorocha, who is also the chairman of the Rochas Foundation, said the construction of the school would start by January 2016.
He said that the gesture was to fulfil the promised he earlier made that his foundation would build a school for the Internally Displaced persons and that the foundation would incorporate the attorney general, Commissioner for Education and the Speaker of the house as board members.
Okorocha said that the board members should ensure that the enlistment was purely based on the less privileged, adding that 75 per cent of their students were the orphans, adding that the foundation would train the students to the university.
He said that the foundation had partnered with universities of the world and that the school would contain a hostel, staff quarters and sports complex among others.
By Tom Garba, Yola