By Alexander Juma, a Contributor
Petroleum Importers Limited (PIL), a consortium of four oil marketing companies comprising Puma, Total Energies, Petroda, and Vivo Energy, has donated 835 textbooks worth K4.5 million to Chipsyera Community Day Secondary (CDSS) and Nkhwazi Primary Schools in Likoma.
Speaking during the handover ceremony in Nkhata Bay on Friday, PIL’s Finance and Administration Manager, Kambani Mchiela said they decided to donate to Likoma schools as part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program to contribute to the development of education in the country.
“Our CSR program focuses on education, health and safety. We believe that without quality education, the country cannot progress in any way, so it is for each pupil to have good learning materials. PIL has supported various schools in the country by donating learning materials to help in the development of education, and this time we decided to assist schools in Likoma district,” said Mchiela
He then encouraged the pupils to cherish and safeguard the valuable assets now at their disposal.
Receiving the donation on behalf of Likoma District Council, Finance Director for Nkhata Bay District Council, Sanderson Nyirenda commended PIL, saying the donation will play a big role in motivating the students who lack learning materials.
“The donation by PIL has complemented government efforts in the promotion of education in the country, while also ensuring equal access to education. Most schools lack learning materials which affects smooth delivery of lessons by the teachers,” he said.
Apart from Likoma, schools from Mzimba, Nkhotakota, and Salima have also benefited from the program.