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February 4, 2003

NNPC Donates to Deaf Pupils

From:, Africa - 04 Feb 2003

This Day (Lagos)

February 4, 2003
Posted to the web February 4, 2003

Obinna Njoku

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), in a good will gesture, recently presented food stuffs, vegetable oil and other items to pupils of Wesley School 1 for Deaf Children, Surulere, Lagos.

The donation, which was handed over to the Principal of the School, Mr. Oladele Atitebi and the Vice Principal, Mrs. Mary Ogunsola, was to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the school.

Presenting the items on behalf of the NNPC, Mr. Francis Ifi, Head of Department (HOD), Public Affairs Department (PAD), Lagos Zonal Office, said the gesture was to help the children and authorities of the school to ameliorate their plight.

Ifi, who led the NNPC three officials, including Mr. Akin Jokojeje and Mr. Ogbonnaya Kalu to the school, presented them with four bags of rice, some cartons of vegetable oil, customised t-shirts and cartons of exercise books, saying that the donation was in response to a request made by the school authorities to the corporation for assistance.

The response, he said, was coming at this point because the Lagos Zonal Office of the corporation was not in position to do so and had to channel it to its Corporate Headquarters in Abuja, which promptly gave its approval to it.

"The funding of such institutions should not be left to Government alone," he noted, adding that the donation will go a long way in solving the needs of the deaf children.

The Principal of the school, in appreciation of the gesture, thanked the NNPC and the officials that came to make the presentation, regretting that government had uptill now not really shown any recognitionto them, promising that the items would be judiciously used and distributed to the children.

Atitebi, who expressed delight at the presentation, stating that it took him unawares, said he would have two of the exercise books for keeps to always remind him of the Corporation's good gesture.

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