BY ANDREW AJIJAH, JOS
A National Youth Service Corp Mr. Martins Bassey, deployed to Plateau State, has built a 3-classroom with an office block to the Local Education Authority (LEA) Primary School at Rangarasang, Rantya in Jos South Local Government Area of the State, as part of his contributions to given back to the society.
The classrooms and two offices, constructed at the cost of N6.5 million was unveiled and commissioned by the Deputy Governor of Plateau state, Mrs Josephine Piyo.
Speaking on the occasion, the deputy governor, who was represented by the Actiing Executive Secretary, Plateau State Universal; Basic Education Board (PSUBEB), Mr. Sunday Samuel Amuna, said that the project was part of the vision of those who conceived the idea of a one year mandatory national youth service for graduates of tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
He said that those who had advocated for the scrapping of the scheme would now have a rethink because the advantages far outweighed the disadvantages.
Amuna said he participated in the scheme in 1990 where he took part in the construction of the Akwa Ibom state secretariat, adding that today Bassey had reciprocated by building classroom blocks in Plateau.
Amuna said, “Because of the security situation in the country, some people had conceived the idea of abrogating the national youth service scheme, but today we have seen the dividends. NYSC is the only scheme that unites the Nigerian youths from every part of the country and I don’t think that with what Martins has done, any person will think of scrapping it. Today we have every reason to continue with the NYSC scheme”
He described the donor as a visionary leader, whose name will be permanently etched in the history of the commission
The PSUBEB Secretary recalled that the NYSC member completed his service year 2022, but because of the passion he had for the project, he stayed back to complete it. He promised to post teachers to the school as well providing chairs in the classrooms.
Chairman Building Committee, Sunday Damboyi, described Martins Bassey as an exemplary youth leader, saying that “God sent him to this community because God knows that our children need a good learning environment. When he came here he saw the need of the only community school, which is a classrooms. He made it a duty to leave his name in the footprint of time by erecting this legacy project. It’s not every Corper that can put up a project like this. We will never forget him
Speaking at the occasion Mr. Martins Bassey education has always been close to my heart, because accessing education while growing up as a child in a rural community in Akwa Ibom State, was a bit difficult for me. Having realized that Education is the only key to unlocking the potential within each individual and building a brighter future for our community saying he became an ardent advocate for quality education at the University of Uyo. I affirm that it is through education that we can empower our young minds, equip them with knowledge, and nurture their talents and skills.
He pointed out that this moment serve as a reminder of the work that lies ahead in this Community School and for education in Plateau State and Nigeria as a whole.
“It is my desire that this place will be transformed into a secondary school in the near future. Beyond the construction of this physical structure. I call on the Plateau State Government to address the systemic challenges that hinder access to education in this community, such as poverty, gender inequality, lack of teachers and limited resources.”