Irabor said the country’s social and economic environment had challenged parents and caregivers regarding the safety and well-being of their wards.
He said that the constant need to provide nutrition, education and a safe environment were the areas of greatest concern.
“Although various agencies have taken on the challenge of ensuring communities are resilient to changing climates, much more needs to be done to close the gaps,” he said.
Irabor pointed out that military officers’ wives’ associations had done a lot in this regard.
She assured that they would continue to hold the home front while their husbands carry out their responsibility to secure the nation.
“As wives or mothers, our innate and natural instinct continues to guide us to be strategic in the projects necessary to undertake to help our husbands.
“This executed project, DIAOWA, Ms. Adesuwa Adebayo, is one of those noble projects in our military community.
“DIAOWA has shown that it is fully embedded in the life of the military community with multiple programs to improve educational levels for all age groups.
“We are aware of the dangers of ignorance and lack of education in our communities.
“The unique challenges of creating sustainable educational institutions to accommodate ever-growing families within barracks and service institutions make this High School a welcome and timely addition,” he said.
Irabor commended DIAOWA for the school’s deliberate positioning to support the specific needs of officers and their families in the Kyami community with an emphasis on proximity and ease of access.
He congratulated the DIA staff and the residents of the Kyami community for the opportunity to access quality education.
Likewise, the Chief of Defense Intelligence (CDI), Div. Gen. Samuel Adebayo, pointed out that the distance between the DIA headquarters and the nearest school was a concern for the agency, therefore, the establishment of the school.
Adebayo said the agency remained committed to ensuring the provision of essential facilities like schools, water and electricity to its staff.
He said the school would serve the needs of the staff and the surrounding community.
“We hope that it will become the beginning of the expansion of the schools to come with the high school and, if possible, something else.
“In addition to the school, we considered the need for staff welfare and started building a staff club with sports facilities,” he said.
For its part, the Coordinator, DIAOWA, said that the creation of the school was to bring a quality education to the door of each child in the area.
“We believe that in order to achieve a formidable, prosperous and valuable society, we must establish structures and systems capable of developing the capacity of human resources.
“One of those ways is to establish a standard and quality-oriented educational system.
“Attention was focused on the Kyami area because it houses one of the Defense Intelligence Agency’s most prominent lodging establishments, but sadly lacks an educational institute,” he said.
The DIAOWA coordinator said that the two-story building, made up of 20 classrooms, equipped with air conditioning systems and computers, was part of the larger picture of what they intended to do in the future.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the school has two computer rooms with seven computers installed per room, five offices for staff and an assembly hall with a capacity of more than 100 students.
It also has recreational nursing facilities such as soccer, basketball, volleyball, and bowling courts, as well as a children’s play area with creative toys.
According to Adebayo, the entire environment is well secured and has a booth that guarantees the supply of electricity 24 hours a day.
Edited Oropo/Maharazu Ahmed
Source Credit: NAN