Anita Ukah, the current Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN), has appealed to private and cooperate organisations to assist government in improving the standard of education in public schools in the country.
She appealed to corporate bodies to invest in renovating schools as it was the foundation of a learned society.
Ukah, who is also a laboratory scientist, said there were many schools and projects that needed government’s attention, but if we should wait for government to do it alone, our children would suffer the consequences.
She said that she was aware that the government had sent out its officials to go on inspection of schools to discover their conditions, she said that the actualisation was her concern.
According to her, the deplorable state of some of the schools public motivated her into going into school renovations, as one of her pet projects.
” There are many schools that need to be attended to, the tendency of getting work done in these schools before any harm is caused, is practically low.
“The idea is to have someone trying to engineer these repairs, one who becomes a constant reminder of the deplorable state of these school structures.
“The exigency to get work done will definitely become a push for more work to be done in these schools, to save our children from harm,” she said
According to her, Nigeria doesn’t only have the highest number of out –of- school children, but has ranked as the poorest country in the world.
She noted that education was one of the ways to tackle poverty and develop the economy of any nation, saying that this encouraged her into taking up the project.
“Renovation of schools wasn’t my initial plan. I wanted to get children into school, and during the my visits to schools, I saw the deplorable state of some of them.
“And I decided to make some of their classrooms conducive for the children that will be enrolled them and provide a better learning environment,” she said.
The beauty queen described her few months’ reign as being a good experience despite the challenges encountered.
“Since I came on board as the most beautiful girl in Nigeria so far, it’s been a great experience for me, though there have been some ups and downs anyway.
“Since I became the queen, my interest has been on health and education, I am at present working on renovating a school in Surulere, because of the bad state of its structure.
“I detest having to see school children falling and facing disaster because of the state of the buildings,” she told NAN.
Ukah said that in 2018, she had a health project at the IDPs’ camp in Abuja where her team had medical checkups and treatment for the females
“Shortly after I was crowned, I went for my first charity work as MBGN, on October 1st (Independence Day), were I went for hospital visitations.
“During this visit, I paid the bills of mothers who had recently given birth but could not be discharged and go home with their babies because of unpaid hospital bills.
“ I also paid the bills for the medications of some of the mothers including those of their babies in the pediatric wards . These were carried out in Lagos state,” she said.
She said that her second project was providing free medical check-ups and drugs for the IDPs at the camp in Durumi, Abuja.
“Being a medical laboratory scientist, I’m drawn to the wellbeing of people and proper health care.
“Wanting to give back through my field of study, I pulled together medical professionals to examine, counsel and administer medications; as needed for those of the IDP camp in Durumi.
“It was a good experience being around them, knowing that even after all they had lost, they still had hope, and welcomed us with smiles,” she said.