‘Why Clubs Should Develop Community Education’
Socio-cultural clubs should engage in community development activities and educational programmes for the advancement in the society.
General Secretary of Supreme Club of Ogu, a fore-most club in Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area of Rivers State, Elder Samuel Tamunobaraibiye Anga stated this in a chat with The Vortex correspondent in Port Harcourt.
Elder Anga, who recalled when the club was formed in 1969 before the Nigerian Civil War opined that the aim of the club had been to promote education which suffered greatly as a result of the war.
According to him, many children were not opportune to go further than primary school because the closest secondary school was Okrika Grammar School (OGS) and only few were privileged to attend while the unfortunate ones were forced to go to fishing with their parents who were fishermen.
He noted that, when Government Secondary School (GSS) was approved for Ogu community members of the club contributed immensely by moulding blocks, providing sand from the river as well as purchase cement for the building of the school.
According to him, they further carried out enlightenment campaigns by telling parents on the need for them to send their children and wards to the school since it is now at their doorsteps, adding that the campaign was successful as many indigenes of the community including those from neighbouring communities were opportune to attend secondary education without much stress.
Anga noted that the club also ensured that Ogu community was connected to the national grid for constant electricity, contributed in ensuring good road network in the town and pipe-borne water as well as organized seminars and interactive sessions with politicians and stakeholders on how the community could move forward adding that their dreams had come to pass with Ogu community developing fast among Wakirike nations and other neighbours.
“Our aim of launching Ogu to the world has been achieved, although today most members have left the club but happy that the battle we fought was not in vain”, he asserted and appealed to other clubs to emulate such gesture that would develop their areas.