Natasha Commences Tuition Fee Payment of 600 Adopted Children

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In her continuous quest to
promote education, SDP governorship candidate for November 16 election in Kogi state, Barr Natasha Akpoti has paid the tuition fee of her 600 adopted children for 2019/2020 academic session.

The 600 children who are mostly orphans were carefully selected in Kogi Central in 2016 and she has been responsible for their school fees, clothing amongst other things.

Speaking through her Personal Assistant, Hamza Lamisi, Natasha reinstated her commitment to service to humanity. A cause which she said she will never forfeit for any other for as long as she lives.

He mentioned that efforts are ongoing to ensure such educational support gesture is extended to other rural communities across Kogi State.

According to him, “this year marks the 5th year of the existence of this educational support scheme. She has never been distracted neither does she get tired of attending to the children’s educational needs.

“This is the kind of leader the society needs. Someone whose words you can hold on to and you will never have the cause to regret”, he said.

Speaking on the success of the exercise, he said the team went to each of the pupil’s beneficiary school to pay directly to the school management and provide every other things that will aid the pupils learning.

According to him,
Natasha Akpoti had earlier in 2017 opened Builders Hub Community Learning Center for the 600 adopted children which he said comprises of 10 computer sets alongside a mini library inside the center to revive the reading culture that’s fast fading away.

During the opening ceremony of the programme on May 19,
2017, Natasha Akpoti explained that the mini library contains 414 books centred on African cultures, tradition and African stories donated by the National Inland Water Resources.

“Education is the foundation of development and a key to societal growth and it has become important to contribute to its growth”, she said.

Appreciating her efforts to promoting education in the land, the Headmaster of Central Primary school Obeiba, Ohino David, said Natasha Akpoti has proven beyond every odds that she is solely out to give hope to the hopeless.

“The payment came as a surprise to us, we don’t expect it at all because of the money she has been spending on her senatorial case in court. For her to still remember and consider the children’s school fees a priority, she has really demonstrated that solving the people’s problems and changing the society is her major concern”, he said.

David, however, disclosed that they are currently facing infrastructural challenges, adding that most of the classes in the schools have no chairs.

According to him, the situation is virtually the same in most of the primary schools in the area, calling on the government and other individuals in the senatorial district to come to their aid.

Natasha who was spurred by her penchant for education; the need for an average Nigerian to have education and to demonstrate the lesson taught by her father adopted the 600 pupils’ tuition fee in 2016 in commemoration of her late father, Dr. Jimoh Abdul Akpoti of blessed memory.

Akpoti adopted the primary education of the 600 pupils among whom are 278 Orphans, she has been responsible for their tuition fee, providing school bags, clothes, shoes and other necessary materials for them.

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