Fifth Chukker Resorts has donated 30 blocks of two classrooms to Local Education Authority Primary School, Maraban Jos, Kaduna, which grew from 500 to 12,000 pupils, following the introduction of the school feeding in Kaduna.
Its founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Alhaji Adamu Atta, who inaugurated the facility as part of activities marking this year’s children’s day celebration, said it was part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to the community.
Atta said he adopted the school 15 years ago.
“About 15 years ago, I was approached by the community to help build fence for them because of insecurity, I decided to see the school and when I went there, I decided to adopt the school.
“In 2019, I visited the school again and discovered that because of the positive influence of the school feeding programne, the school have grown from 500 to 12,000 pupils and the classrooms were no longer adequate and because we don’t want something which has gained momentum to loose, we decided that we will build a brand new school for 12,000 kids.
“We chose the site and in six months we built 50 per cent of the school. We required 120 classrooms but we have 60 classrooms. I sought for some combined efforts of development partners, particularly from UNICEF.
“At that time they were about 500 pupils in the school, we embarked on putting the immediate required infrastructures, water and sanitation and few more classrooms that will accommodate them”.
Alhaji Atta also assured the people of Maraban Jos that he would build pedestrian bridge for the school children to reduce road accidents.
He also spoke about putting in place e-learning for the school.
“We felt that we should also create a remote platform where apart from the direct teaching, we can also engage the kids in remote platform such as the internet infrastructure. So we will be teaching the kids remotely with different teachers”.
Education Commissioner Dr. Shehu Usman Mohammed praised Atta for his support to the people of Maraban Jos.
“It is a very commendable project. With large number of kids here, it is not a small number. We must commend Adamu for this investment; we have gone round and have seen the pupils,” he said.
In an interview after the inauguration, wife of the Kaduna State Governor, Hajia Aisha-Ummi Garba El-Rufai described Atta’s gesture as a symbolic progress for the entire state, adding that every local government area should emulate his kindness.