Osinbajo commends British foundation for tackling Nigeria’s out-of-school crisis
The Federal Government has praised the British charity, IA-Foundation, for its dedication to addressing Nigeria’s out-of-school crisis.
Vice-President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo issued the commendation in a message to the IA-Foundation to commemorate the organization’s fourth annual Black Tie and Charity Ball.
Mrs. Ibironke Adeagbo, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of IA-Foundation, emailed the message to the news media in Abuja on Tuesday.
The event, titled “Securing the Future,” will take place on March 8 at Bishop Justus CE School in Bromley, Kent, England.
Osinbajo hailed IA-Foundation for offering strategic support to Nigeria’s education sector, saying that the charity had contributed immensely to Nigeria’s growth.
According to the vice president, IA-Foundation has made a remarkable impact in reducing the number of girls who are unable to access education, due to poverty, insecurity, or poor orientation about the importance of acquiring education.
“Given the number of girls who remain out of school in our country and may never have the opportunity of formal education, girl-child education is an all-important assignment.
“I whole-heartedly commend the commitment and dedication that IA-Foundation has deployed so far in getting our girls educated,’’ Osinbajo stated.
Similarly, the Chair of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, commended the foundation for its consistency in the past four years in ensuring that children who were previously out of school were able to access quality education.
“For an organization that has over 95 percent of its leadership based in the UK to have executed projects across nine states in Nigeria, and also helping 100 children back to school is highly commendable.
“Government needs the support and partnership of the diaspora communities and I am happy that IA-Foundation is complementing the efforts of our government in the education sector to combat the problem of out-of-school children,’’ she said.
Dabiri-Erewa called on other Nigerians and Nigerian-owned businesses in the diaspora to emulate IA-Foundation and be part of the development and transformation of Nigeria.
IA-Foundation Black-Tie and Charity Ball is an annual event, organized to intimate well-meaning individuals and the corporate world about the education deficit in Nigeria and mobilize resources to provide quality education for out-of-school children in Nigeria.
Fund generated from the event is channeled towards support for pupils and families, especially the girl-child; persons with disabilities, and orphans.
Some high-profile Nigerians, including the Nigerian High Commissioner to the UK, Amb. Sarafa Ishola, and a former Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, are expected at the event.
Also expected at the event is the Chairman of the Nigeria-Business Forum, Prince Folabi Andu, and other eminent Nigerians residing in the UK.
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country has about 20.2 million kids out of school, a development caused by lingering insecurity, poverty, and other issues plaguing the country.
However, IA-Foundation, which is based in Kent, took up the challenge four years ago, providing scholarships to hapless kids, to enable them to get quality education.
The foundation is active in nine states in Nigeria, including Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Delta, Ekiti, Kwara, Nasarawa State, and the Federal Capital Territory.
The charity has also spent handsomely to provide potable water in some poor communities in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic hub.