A total of N150 million was yesterday realised at the fundraiser for Tompolo foundation, established by ex-militant and Niger Delta high chief Government Ekpemupolo to raise the standard of education in the oil rich region.
This is in addition to exercise books, school bags and other valuable school materials donated to pupils of Fiyewei Primary School, Oporoza in the area.
President Goodluck Jonathan, who was represented by minister of state for education Ezenwo Nyeson Wike at the occasion in Warri, Delta State, lauded Tompolo for assisting schools in the Niger Delta, saying his government is bound to identify with programs that will make education accessible and affordable to Nigerian children.
Over 10 million Nigerian children have no access to qualitative education, he said. Of the number, according to him, northern states have about eight million of its children roaming the streets.
The president said this perhaps led to the youth unrest in the northern region as most of them could not afford the basic education. He however said the federal government is ready to reduce the number of illiteracy in the country though it may not meet it in the 2015 target.
Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State described education as a key to development of the mind and the society, saying this can only be achieved through the provision of basic education.
Executive Secretary of Tompolo Foundation Comrade Paul Bebenimibo said the foundation was established to touch the lives of the less privilege in the society, especially in education and health sectors.