Driven by the zeal to make education available for indigent pupils, whose parents are unable to afford the high cost of education in the country today, Lucky Erhaighewu, decided two years ago to operate a free education school in Benin, Edo State,.
Holy Spirit gave him the inspiration, he said.
He denied insinuations that he is fired to be philanthropic because of the political ambitions that he is nursing.
“It is entirely wrong to say that I am doing this because I have political ambitions. I don’t have any such ambition now or in the future.
“I am moved to do this by the prompting of the Holy Spirit. It’s my way of giving back to the society that has brought me up to this stage in life,” he stressed
Pastor Erhaighewu said that the future generation will have good memories to live on if the well-to-do go out of their way to better the living conditions of the poor.
According to the Founder/General Overseer of the Faith Triumphant Worship Centre, Benin, on the occasion of the second year anniversary programme of the Erhaighewu Education Centre, Uvbe, on the outskirts of Benin City, over the weekend, Nigerian elites should not neglect the poor, rather they should contribute their quota towards ensuring that the living standards of the people, especially the under privileged is improved upon through humanitarian support system.
One of the areas that he listed that should be given consideration is in the provision of free basic education especially for the children of those who cannot afford the exhorbitant fees been charged by some schools’ management.
At the ceremony to mark the second anniversary of the school, he disclosed that the philosophy behind the establishment of the free education school was his own way of giving back to the society especially in the light of the harsh economic condition that is prevalent in the country at the moment.
The Brazil based clergy said that from the onset, the school, which presently has over 100 kids on its rooster, initiated the policy of making life easy for children of indigent parents irrespective of where they come from and as such apart from fees not been collected from the parents of the pupils they also enjoy free breakfast and lunch, free books, free writing materials, free school uniforms, shoes etc.
The teachers too also enjoy free breakfast and lunch.
Pastor Erhaighewu affirmed that by September the population of the school would be doubled as 100 fresh intakes would be admitted.