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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Hope Rises For Nigeria's Over 12 Millions Out - of - School Children With IA- Foundation's Rescue Mission


....Osinbajo, Abike Dabiri - Erewa Commend IA -Foundation For Improving Nigerians' Access To 
Education

Mrs Ibironke Adeagbo(Middle) with other dignitaries at the event



From Godwin Akomah, Lagos

Hope rises for  the over 12 millions Out - of - School children in Nigeria as 250 people or more converged at Colliers Row, Essex, United Kingdom, last February 8  to mobilise fund towards giving them improved access to education.

The  Fundraising Dinner was the initiative of the  IA-Foundation which was also its maiden black tie dinner and Fundraising event in aid of “Children-out-of-school” in Nigeria.

 UNESCO 2018 survey startlingly shows that the population of out of school children in Nigeria has risen from 10.5 million to 13.2 million and IA-Foundation, a UK-registered charity founded by Mrs Ibironke Adeagbo, a renowned chartered accountant in the UK, is determined to reduce the statistics of these unfortunate  children in Nigeria. 

The Foundation is essentially established to empower vulnerable Nigerian children and remove any obstacle preventing a Nigerian child from getting good education. 

In his goodwill message, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo hailed the courage and large heart of the United Kingdom based Nigerian and Chartered Accountant, Mrs Ibironke Adeagbo, and her Foundation - IA - Foundation, for mobilising fund for the education of the out - of - school children in Nigeria.

Osinbajo said the gestures  would improve significantly, the target children's access to education.

The Vice - President's goodwill message which was conveyed in a letter to the Foundation, noted that it is worthy of commendation that  Nigerians abroad are "sparing no effort in investing in future generations"  back home.

Also, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission said the foundation is complementing the efforts of governments at home to build a better future for the citizens.

Abike Dabiri - Erewa who was  represented by Dr Dapo Williams added that no country could be expected to go far on the path of growth and development if it leaves a significant proportion of its population uneducated.

“The Commission is proud and supportive of the IA-Foundation, as no country can be serious with its future, if it leaves a sizeable number of its population uneducated,” she said.  

Similarly, the Nigerian High Commissioner to the UK, Ambassador Olusola Oguntade who was represented by Mr Paul Nwokolo, expressed the Commission's support towards the success of the IA - Foundation's goal.

 “The Nigerian High commission in the United Kingdom applauds the progress made in the enthronement of a broad learning culture which will in turn ensure successful accomplishment that guarantees full support for IA-Foundation in achieving its set goals,” he said. 

In the same vein, the 55th ICAN President, Mazi Nnamdi Okwuadigbo  saluted the wonderful member of the Institute, Mrs Adeagbo, expressing the confidence that the Foundation would be administered with integrity.

"I am convinced that this Foundation would be run in line with the motto of ICAN - Accuracy and Integrity," he said.

The IA-Foundation is a UK-registered charity that seeks to reduce the number of children ‘out-of-school’ in Nigeria, empower vulnerable Nigerian children and remove any obstacle preventing a Nigerian child from getting good education.

It is founded by Mrs Ibironke Adeagbo, a renowned chartered accountant in the UK.  

Dignitaries in attendance included the Special Adviser on Education to Governor Dapo Abiodun(Ogun State), Mrs Ronke Soyombo, who was awarded with the “Most impactful diaspora in the Nigerian Education sector while Mrs Bisi Akin-Alabi, former Special Adviser to the then Oyo state Governor, Abiola Ajumobi, delivered a paper on the surge of children-out-of-school in Nigeria among others.



 








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