Abida Mia joins in fundraising for fencing project at Chikwawa Secondary School
By Linda Kwanjana
The alumni of Chikwawa Secondary School have started fundraising towards the construction of fence around the school campus with Deputy Minister of Lands and Urban Development Abida Mia whose husband is the alumnus of the school joining initiative.
During the launch of the fundraising ceremony that took place on Saturday at Chikwawa Secondary School hall, Mia who is also lawmaker for Chikwawa Nkombezi Constituency, announced that she would create time to help in fundraising for the beautiful initiative.
She said although busy with another fundraising activity towards fighting cancer in women, she would find time to raise money for the fencing project.
Abida Mia took the opportunity to share about her husband’s old school experiences when he was a student at the campus way back in the years.
She said during his time, Sidik Mia shared the hardship of fellow students like sleeping on the mat and eating the daily meal of ‘msima’ and boiled beans.
She therefore said against such a background of hardship during his student days, her husband Sidik Mia shares the spirit of goodwill to see the welfare of modern day students improving through better diet, learning in better facilities and most importantly, living on a campus that is well secured because it has a concrete and permanent fence around it.
On her own behalf and that of her husband Sidik Mia who is Minister of Transport and Public Works, the Deputy Minister pledged to contribute 150 bags of cement valued at over 1 Million Kwacha.
She also announced that Members of Parliament and Ward Councillors from Chikwawa, including Chikwawa North MP Owen Chomanika and Chikwawa South MP Iryas Karim, have agreed to support the initiative with MK7 Million Kwacha, which they will mainly draw from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).
The grouping of Chikwawa Secondary School alumnis aims at raising MK35 Million for the fencing project.
According to the group’s founding President, King Norman Rude, the grouping had started its operations in 2015 with an an aim of bettering the welfare of the modern day students at the school.
The ceremony started with the Guest of Honour appreciating some of the school’s key facilities like hostels and the kitchen section that require renovations after over 50 years of being used by different crops of students in their thousands.
Chikwawa Secondary School opened its doors in 1967.