A total of 370 First Aid Kits has been provided to primary and junior secondary schools in Kwali Area Council by the chairman of the council, Mr Joseph Shazin Kwali.
In his address at the occasion, the director of FCT UBEB, Mallam Adamu Noma, said that the kits are a testimony of the importance of child development and health care and commended the chairman of the council for the provision of the kits.
The director who was represented by the secretary of the board, Uba Mohammed, called on the head teachers and principals to make judicious use of the kits and cautioned them against taking the kits home for their personal use.
"The kit is for the children. Do not go and keep it in a store and forget about it. Do not take it home for your personal use. Sometimes, the children are subjected to one little injury or another which can be handled by the first aid kit. It is a welcome development. "
Earlier in his welcome address, the secretary of the Local Education Authority (LEA) of the council, Danlami Kakatsu, stated that out of the 91 primary schools in the council, 85 of them were located in the rural areas adding that the kit will go a long way in helping teachers to treat minor injuries incurred by the pupils.
He commended the chairman of the council for making education the top in his priority, explaining that the chairman has also recently donated books for primary and junior secondary schools in the council.
"The council chairman knows the problems of the teachers, the students and the communities. He has donated 5000 bundles of exercise books to schools and 3000 education text books for junior secondary. He has also paid teachers' remuneration as at when due. 400 new teachers were also employed in Kwali recently. In fact, education in Kwali is doing well," he said.
While distributing the kits to the various schools, the chairman of the council, represented by the secretary of the council, Alhaji Ibrahim Usman, reiterated the commitment of his administration to see to the growth of education in the council and urged the head teachers and the principals to use the kits effectively.
In an interview, the acting principal of Junior Secondary School Wako, Joyce Oborokuma, while commending the council's administration for the kits, said that it was an item that should be in schools and pleaded for more to be provided.