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The Anambra state-born Philanthropist and and prince of Ukpo, Arthur Eze, on Monday doled out N20 million as scholl fees for some 20 pupils of the Prisons Staff School, Abuja.
The oil and gas mogul who backed his promise instantly with a cheque for the amount to the school management, said the money covers the totality of the beneficiaries’ school fees for seven years.
The gesture came after the pupils had participated in a drama presentation at the inauguration of the newly-completed third phase of the school in Abuja.
The donor, who is the Special Guest of Honour at the occasion, also promised to equip the new classrooms with air conditioning sets.
The school currently has a population of 189 pupils and is run by wives of officers of the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) under the aegis of the Prison Officers’ Wives Association (PROWA).
The institution is open to children of NPS staff and members of general public, who pay between N10,000 and N20,000 as school fees per child every term.
The Chairman of AtlasOranto Petroleum, Mr. Eze, praised PROWA for its commitment to the education of “Nigeria’s future leaders’’ through the school project,urging priviledged persons in the society including corporate bodies and organizations to join hands with government to advance education in the country.
The Controller General of Prisons, Ja’Afaru Ahmed, said the NPS would continue to assist the association in its efforts at extending the school to all formations across the country.
To this end, Mr. Ahmed disclosed that he had sent circulars to all state controllers to give PROWA the needed support in its drive to establish primary and secondary schools in their respective commands nationwide.
Earlier in her address of welcome, the National President of PROWA, Gwamma Ahmed, said the school was established in 2013 to produce “future leaders of not only great learning but of sound character’’.
According to Mrs Ahmed, the inaugurated building, houses a mini conference room, a library, the administrative office of the school and some classrooms to complement existing ones.