As part of measures to support the provision of quality education for students in line with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 4), the Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre (YEAC-Nigeria) in partnership with a peace advocate, High Chief Solomon Ndigbara on Monday, July 10 distributed some educational materials to students in secondary schools in Ogoniland.

High Chief Solomon Ndigbara, an ex-Niger Delta agitator and first to receive the Presidential Amnesty Programme by former President Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua whose contributions to Peace in Ogoniland and parts of the Niger Delta were recognized by the International Association of World Peace Advocates in February 2023 with an “Award of Eminent Peace Ambassador” said the gesture became necessary to support and contribute to the education of the younger generation of youths to promote peace in the society. He called on the students to make judicious uses of the educational materials which include thousands of copies of 80 Leaves Exercise Books and Biro and conduct themselves peacefully in school, back home and in the society to promote peace and security.

High Chief (Amb) Solomon Ndigbara, JP

High Chief (Amb) Solomon Ndigbara, JP added that the distribution of the educational materials which started with Birabi Memorial Grammar School (BMGS), Bori and Bua-Yeghe Community Secondary School in Gokana Local Government Area would continue to other schools in Tai and Eleme Local Government Areas in this first phase and extend to other schools outside Ogoniland in the second phase and called on members of the public to support the philanthropic gesture for students education to promote peace in society.

Receiving the educational materials on behalf of the students who were very excited at BMGS Bori, the Principal of the Junior Secondary Section, Mr. Bana-Agor Thursday Nuka welcomed High Chief Solomon Ndigbara and his entourage including some of his council of chiefs members to the school, thanked him for donating the educational materials and expressed optimism that “I know that more will come” considering the population of the mix school estimated to be over seven thousand students.

At the Community Secondary School Yeghe which is the hometown of the Peace Ambassador, the students expressed joy at the sight of High Chief Ndigbara and his entourage as the team arrived to make the donation of educational materials to the school. The Principal of the Junior Secondary School Section, Mr. Nkana Gbenekanu who received the materials on behalf of the students in the presence of other academic staff of the school thanked the philanthropist for the donation and promised to ensure the equitable distribution of the materials to the students who will use them judiciously in support of their education.

The Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre (YEAC-Nigeria), a nongovernmental organization that has been visiting schools and Universities in Rivers State and its environs to sensitize students on human rights, environmental and climate advocacy as well as campaign against cultism, drug abuse and other organized crime and distribute “Education is a Human Right” stickers, exercise books, biros and other materials was represented at the event by its Executive Director, Fyneface Dumnamene Fyneface. He admonished the students to be peaceful and take their studies serious to attract more donations from NGOs and spirited members of the public.