From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
The National Lottery Trust Fund (NLTF) has donated nine First Aid Kits and drugs to nine secondary schools in Kogi state to enhance first aid treatment, with the pledge to repeat the donation nationwide.
The Zonal Coordinator, North Central of NLTF, Mr Bankole Kamor, disclosed this while presenting the kits to principals of the benefitting schools at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in Lokoja.
Kamor said that the agency was established under the National Lottery Act 35 of 2005, to collect and keep the proceeds that are due for lottery activities across country, aimed at promoting good courses for Nigerians,
“Lottery is not gambling, it is the extra efforts or activities that are being carried out by organisations to promote or generate more revenue and federal government has a stake in that profit.
“On behalf of the federal government, the Presidency, we charge minimum of 20 per cent of proceeds that organisations generated during promo.
“Once we generate such fund, we keep it and await the presidential directive. Last year we were in the state to distribute sports wears and equipment to schools.
“This time round we are starting on health and we have done our survey and we found out that most of the schools across this country lack first aid even in Lagos state.
“So we felt that the first thing we can do in the area of health is to actually reach out to secondary schools because we are done with primary schools in 2017.
“We now came up with this idea which was support by the President to donate first aid kits with drugs to nine schools in each state across the country, including FCT.
He, however urged the state government through the ministry of education to support the benefitting schools to ensure proper usage of the drugs and replacement to sustain the kits for continuity.
“I feel that the state should be able to support the schools to making sure that the kits is sustained and I want this assurance of the ministry of education, science and technology”, Kamor restated.
In her remarks, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Rosemary Osikoya, commended the agency for the kind gesture, saying “this kind of medical aid is always on high demand and we need more of it”.
Osikoya, who was represented by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Science & Technology, warned the principals not to convert the kits to personal use, advising them to make judicious of all items therein.
The commissioner noted that the first aid kits contain medical items which as such should be handled with care by the right and qualified health officers in their various schools.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Eric Aina, welcomed and commended the agency on behalf of the state government, saying it would be a relief for their secondary schools.
Mr Kayode Joseph, the Principal of ECWA Secondary School (ESSMO), Mopa, who spoke on behalf of the principals, said: “we are saying a big thank you for the gesture.
“We promise to make good use of the items and always replace the drugs as soon as they are exhausted”.
The items in each first aid kit includes: stethoscope, thermometer, scissors, kidney dishes, face masks, plasters, surgical gloves, antiseptic cream, paracetamol, vasoprin tablets, hydrogen peroxide, among others.