Speaking shortly after unveiling his programme to the Olu of Warri, the Chairman of the Eric Igban Foundation, Ambassador Andrew Igban said he was in the palace of the traditional ruler to intimate him of his intention to reach out to one million indigent students in the riverine communities of Iwere land through his foundation.
Ambassador Igban who is also the executive assistant to the Governor on Community Development revealed that his decision to reach out to the students was borne out of his desire to assist parents who are unable to purchase learning materials for their children and also to contribute to societal growth.
He told the Olu of Warri that his Foundation has embarked on numerous human capital development programmes but decided to embark on the back to school programme to help to secure a better future for the students.
Ambassador Igban told the Olu that during the programme, the Foundation will distribute school bags, books, reading lamps and mathematical sets and other learning materials to the students revealing that they are out to stimulate positive change, promote social responsibilities amongst the people of Iwere land.
While noting that the role of Education in nation building cannot be over emphasized, Ambassador Igban stated that the learning materials will go a long way in encouraging the students to take their education seriously.
The Olu of Warri, Ogiame Ikenwoli hailed Ambassador Igban for the lofty initiative appealing to other well meaning individuals to emulate the gesture.
Some prominent Chiefs of Warri Kingdom spoke on the back to school initiative.
The learning materials will be distributed to the students next week.