The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, PHED, has donated over 700 school bags and other gift items to school children in Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River and Rivers States during the 2017 National Children’s Day celebration.
The company said the donation was in fulfillment of its Corporate Social Responsibility. Items contained in the school bags included crayons, pencils, biros among others.
Speaking on the donation of the items in Port Harcourt, the Chief Operating Officer, PHED, Engr. Kingsley Achife, said that educational development was one of the company’s focuses of its CSR commitments.
“As a mark of our support for children’s education, PHED has deemed it fit to donate over 700 bags with associated writing materials; pencils, crayons and rulers.
‘’This gesture may not seem much, but be rest assured that it is our desire to support education across the four states of our operations, here in Rivers, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and Cross River.”
He added that the company would continue to engage in other projects designed to improve the socio-economic growth in the region.
“We hope that you will receive our little gifts as we look forward to offering greater support and better packages for these children, as we join them in celebrations next year”, Achife said.
Receiving the items on behalf of the children at Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Commissioner for Social Welfare and Rehabilitation, Hon. Damiete Herbert-Miller commended the management of PHED for their contribution in encouraging indigenes of the state through the donation of the gift items.
He thanked PHED for the kind gesture and hoped that the company would continue in that regard as promised in the COO’s speech.
The celebration saw many groups entertaining the children after the match past but the highlight was the linesmen exhibition of PHED that demonstrated to the delight of the children on how faults are promptly cleared.