UK-based Akwa Ibom scholar and philanthropist, Innocent Udoidiong, has donated 20 four-seater desks to St. Mary’s Practicing School, Ediene Abak, Abak Local Government Area for use by pupils of the school.
Udoidiong through his organisation, Innocent Udoidioing Foundation, donated the desks after he had sent a team from his foundation to assess the needs of the school.
Most of pupils had been sitting on bare floor to receive lessons, according to the school management.
The Head-teacher of the school, Ntiene-obong Obot as well as the Education Secretary, Abak Local Government Area, Ini Ekopido received the desks presented on behalf of Innocent by the Coordinator of the foundation, Joseph Ekpo.
Ekpo accompanied by other members of the foundation, while presenting the items said it was an intervention to complement the free and compulsory education policy of the Akwa Ibom State government, stressing the need for well-meaning private individuals and corporate bodies to contribute their quota to provide conducive learning environment for pupils and students in the state.
Meanwhile, Innocent Udoidiong also through his foundation presented cash grants of 50,000 naira each to ten less-privileged persons from Ikot Uso-Ekong community in Eket, Eket Local Government Area to improve their living condition by engaging in small scale business activities.
Among the people who received the cash grants were widows, visually impaired persons, and other physically challenged persons from the community.
The beneficiaries all showered praises on Udoidiong and prayed to God to continue to bless him for coming to their aid in the time of need.