The management of the Tincan Island Port Complex (TIPC) of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), on Thursday gave out over 500 school bags and umbrellas to students and staff respectively of four schools in Tolu School Complex, Olodi Apapa under Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government Area of Lagos State.
The gifts were parts of the annual Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) of the Tincan Port Complex.
The four schools include; Newland Senior Secondary School Tolu, Bola Ige Millennium Senior Secondary School Tolu, Tincan Island Junior High school Tolu, Alakoto Junior High school Tolu.
Speaking, the Port Manager, Buba Jibril who lauded the Managing Director of NPA, Mr. Bello Koko for his philanthropic gestures and for making the CSR possible, said that he schooled within the Tincan axis, admonished the students to work hard to become the best and be useful to themselves and the society.
He maintained that the best way to identify with the community is to provide for the young ones so that the community could feel the impact and also to encourage the younger ones to be the best in their chosen careers.
He added that the students were important as the first contact because the old ones are ageing and the young ones should be encouraged to step into the shoes of the elders when they are no longer in active service.
He advised the students to be serious with their studies saying that is the only way through which the students could become what they intend to be in future
He charged them to be studious so that they too can work as staff of government agencies in the port.
“It will be sad that if after serving for 35 years and I did not hear that any of the students here also get employed into the authority
“This is a token from our Managing Director and we want you to accept it with joy as we promise to come in a bigger way next time.
“I want you to be part of us when I come with a walking stick and see that so and so persons are working in the port as SON, NAFDAC, NDLEA and other agencies’ officials. That will be my pride.”
Continuing, emotional Jibril stated that “I see you as my children because this place is my home.
“We have said as we give to the students, we should also impact the teachers that give them the education.
Mr Makinde Oyegbenga, Principal Education Officer, Lagos State Education District V, Agboju representing the Tutor General Permanent Secretary, Mr. Charles Adeboye.
The TGPS charged other government agencies and private organisations within Tincan Island Port Complex to emulate the good gestures of NPA and help to put smiles on the faces of the students.
His words, “It is a welcome development and if companies around the places where we have schools have been doing this, it is going to impart knowledge on the students because knowledge is not limited to the four walls of the classrooms.
“With what the Port Manager told the students, they now have hope that if they study hard, they will make it in life.
“My advice to other companies is that they should learn from Nigerian Ports Authorityand.do same. Though we have some other companies that have been doing similar thing like Leventis.
“Some of them come in form of Organising competitions for the students.
“So, I want to advise that they should let the good work continue,” he admonished.
The Principal, of Bola Ige Millennium Secondary School, Mrs Omotunde Temishayo Risikat prayed for them and said God Almighty would continue to bless them.
“We appreciate them for coming to bless our children, we are even happy to see them come here
“We pray that God Almighty will make the Nigerian Ports Authority to be blessed by God.”