Firm Canvasses Children Quality Education, Donates Block of Classrooms

The Address Homes Limited has said children should not be made to go through harsh conditions to access quality education.

The Chairman/Founder of The Address Homes Limited, Dr Bisi Onasanya, said this in a statement made available to The PUNCH on Wednesday at the unveiling of a multi-million naira block of classrooms he donated to Ilara Community, Epe, Lagos State.

He said the donation was in furtherance of his vision to support education through philanthropic works.

Onasanya, in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Lagos, Bowen College, and Bank of Industry, donated a block of six classrooms with a fully-equipped library at Ilara Model Primary School, Ilara, Epe, and it was unveiled by the Alara of Ilara-Epe Kingdom, His Royal Majesty Oba Olufolarin Ogunsanwo.

Onasanya explained that the figure of children without access to education in Nigeria was still alarmingly high.

“The UNICEF standardisation report showed that only 61 per cent of children between ages six and 11 are in school; this is a dangerous situation and I just thought that no child should be denied basic and quality education, no child should be made to walk up to a mile before he or she could access quality education and I think this is a big opportunity to achieve what I have always wanted to do, which is making education easy and accessible to every child,” he said.

Outgoing President of the Rotary Club of Lagos, Joseph Aikhigbe, revealed that Onasanya promptly acceded to their request for the construction of the classrooms for the school.

“We laid the foundation on September 29, 2022, and today the edifice is standing before us,” he said.

Oba Ogunsanwo said he approved the land for the construction of the project because it aligned with his vision for the kingdom.

One of the major highlights of the event was the conferment of the chieftaincy title of Akinrogun and Yeye Akinrogun of Ilara Kingdom on Onasanya and his wife, Helen, by Oba Ogunsanwo.