The Prison Officers Wives Association (PROWA) on Wednesday inaugurated a modern crèche at Nigeria Prison Staff School, Kirikiri in Apapa, Lagos, to cater for children of their members.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the staff school also celebrated its end of year party in a colourful way.
The Chairperson of PROWA, Hajia Gwamma Ja,afaru, commended the management and staff of the school for deeming fit to initiate the crèche, as a way of transforming the school.
Ja,afaru urged the parents and officers to encourage them in taking the school to a greater height for qualitative education and academic excellence.
“Officers and parents should try and encourage the school management so that they can do more, I think they have really done a wonderful job in transforming the staff school,’’ Ja,afaru said.
The chairperson was represented by Mrs Folashade Babarinde, wife of the Assist. Controller-General in charge of Zone A.
Mrs Olabisi Ladipo, who heads the NPS Staff school, urged the Federal Government to make primary education free to encourage better and qualitative education in the entire country.
She also called on government to approve the proposed minimum wage of workers for a sustainable growth in the economy, especially the education sector.
“We want the FG to make primary education at least free so that children will not grow and become useless to themselves and the country as a whole.
“If the salary of workers is increased, teachers will be happy to put in their best, parents will want to send their children to not just school, but good schools like ours.
“I have passion for school, so there is no excuse for me; with the support of government and parents, the best is yet to come for most of our pupils,’’ she said.
Also speaking, Mr Tunde Ladipo, Lagos State Controller of Prison said basic education is a foundation to prepare students for the future.
He said that if the foundation is not taken seriously, it would affect career progression.
The Controller also urged parents to guide their children, especially in the Yuletide period, to prevent them from falling into wrong hands.
In appreciation, Adam Praise, a student, expressed gratitude to the management and staff of the school for gifts showered on them at the event.
NAN reports that the crèche was unveiled by chairperson of PROWA and the school presented lots of gift items to best graduating students.
The gift items include textbooks and materials to celebrate the Christmas, among others.