Former Nigerian international footballers have hailed the philanthropic gestures of Paul Okoku who recently donated 20,000 text books to 40 schools in Delta State. The donation was made through a foundation, Greater Tomorrow Children Foundation that Okoku established.
Okoku who played alongside Henry Nwosu in the 1984 set of the Nigerian national team in the Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire is hailed by Nwosu along with Tajudeen Disu with whom he played in the 1983 World Youth Championship in Mexico.
The Greater Tomorrow Children Foundation partnered with Ossai Nicholas Ossai, a House of Representatives member, representing Ndokwa and Ukwani, to donate free textbooks to some primary and secondary schools pupils from three local government areas, Ndokwa East, Ndokwa West and Kwale.
The event, which held in Kwale, was graced by some ex-internationals like Henry Nwosu, Tajudeen Disu and Edema Fuludu, all of whom are ambassadors of the GTCF, which is a non-political charity-based body that is willing to partner with corporate bodies and individuals to improve the lives of kids and less-privileged persons in the country.
Speaking with reporters, Nwosu, a 1980 Nations Cup winner, said the donation of free textbooks to the schools was going to improve the quality of education of the pupils and students.
”This is a move which I believe will contribute to the academic success of the students and I commend Okoku and Hon. Ossai for making this dream come into reality”, said Nwosu.
In his own reaction to the goodwill gesture extended by the GTCF and Hon. Ossai to the 40 schools in Delta State, another ex-international, Tajudeen Disu remarked that such voluntary donation by well-meaning individuals was necessary in revamping the country’s falling educational standards.
”We need to concerted efforts along this line to address the problems facing our educational system. What Okoku has done through the Greater Tomorrow Children’s Foundation is the signpost of how to get the society back on the right track”, Disu said.